Education ballot measures: A summary

A big win for charter schools in Georgia: Voters approve creation of an independent charter school commission.

A big loss in Florida: Amendment 8 would have expanded the types of schools eligible to receive vouchers.  It was defeated amid concerns about public funding for religious schools.

South Dakota resists education reform: Voters in that state rejected laws that eliminated teacher tenure and implemented a performance pay system.

Smoke ’em if ya got ’em: Missourians reject an increase in a tobacco tax.  The additional tax revenue would have gone to public elementary and secondary schools.

Sound familiar? The good folks of Arizona will allow a temporary 1-cent sales tax expire next year.

Californication: Prop 30 was approved.  It will raise taxes on wealthy Californians and use the additional tax revenue to plug a huge hole in the state’s education budget.  In addition, a dues checkoff-like measure, Prop 32, failed.  California’s teachers can continue to have political donations deducted from their paychecks.

Charter schools in the Evergreen State: In Washington State, Initiative 1240 appears to have passed.

A spud dud: Voters in Idaho voted to eliminate three laws passed in 2011 – merit pay, collective bargaining restrictions, and mandates on the use of technology in the classroom.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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