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Education Referenda Signature Gatherers: “Almost There”



May 20, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - The parent-led campaign to put Idaho's new education laws up for a public vote is "almost there" - with about 10,000 more signatures to collect to meet the goal to get them on the ballot. Fifty signing events are planned statewide for Saturday.

From farmers markets to community yard sales and local parks, tables are being set up for "Everybody Signs Day," one of the last big pushes by the Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform campaign to gather signatures to put the three education plans approved by the Legislature on the November ballot. Campaign chair Mike Lanza says hundreds of volunteers have stepped forward.

"It frankly would not be happening if not for the fact that there was so much public opposition to Superintendent Luna's education-reform plan."

The petitions for a vote on the education laws are separate from another campaign circulating petitions to recall State Superintendent Tom Luna. Lanza says the education-law referenda are specifically about letting the public have a say in education reform.

"I have heard from people for months now from all over Idaho: 'We are extremely frustrated with this process. We feel like our elected leaders have simply not listened to us.'"

The campaign's goal is to gather 10,000 more signatures in the next week or so - a number Lanza says exceeds the required number by a comfortable margin. About 48,000 voter signatures must be gathered for the three laws to be included on November's ballot.

Click here for a full list of events.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID