Idaho school petitions pass mark

More than 47,000 Idaho residents, the required number, have signed each of three petitions to put education reform laws recently passed by the Idaho Legislature to referendum votes next year, according to Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform.

“We’re still collecting signatures because we know that many Idahoans still want to sign the three petitions,” chairman Mike Lanza said in a news release. “We know people don’t want to see the larger class sizes, layoffs and unfunded technology mandates that these laws are already causing.”

The group began the petition drive April 8; the Idaho Education Association joined the coalition a week later, according to the news release.

Organizers will deliver the petitions to the secretary of state by June 6 to qualify for the November 2012 ballot, the news release said.

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