BOISE, Idaho: The deadline has arrived for the three Idaho education reform veto referenda, as supporters have claimed that enough signatures have been collected in order to place them all on the ballot. The three measures were filed in response to three different education bills that were recently signed into law. One measure would repeal a newly passed law that relates to teachers’ collective bargaining agreements. According to reports, the law ends tenure and removes issues like workload and class size from contract negotiations. The second referendum was filed to repeal a similar law also dealing with collective bargaining. The proposed veto referenda were filed with the Idaho election’s office on March 18, 2011. A third veto referendum was filed after a previously pending third education-related law was signed into effect.
In order for any veto referendum to be placed on the 2012 statewide ballot for Idaho voters to decide, at least 47,432 signatures for each targeted bill must be collected within 60 days after lawmakers leave for the session. Session ended on April 7, 2011, solidifying the June 1 deadline for the referendum efforts. Supporters must submit signatures to county clerks’ offices throughout the state by the end of the business day.
The following laws are being targeted by the three referendum:
- Senate Bill 1184 deals with technology and online learning.
- Senate Bill 1110 relates to teacher merit-pay bonuses.
- Senate Bill 1108 governs collective bargaining rights dealing with teachers in the state.