Idaho school reform foes hand in petitions

Idaho school reform foes hand in petitions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Organizers of an effort to overturn Idaho's new education laws say they have turned in enough signatures to put three repeal measures on the November 2012 ballot.

The group delivered the petitions to the Idaho Secretary of State on Monday.

Michael Lanza chairs Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform and says more than 72,000 signatures were gathered on each of the three petitions to put the new laws to referendum votes next year. The reforms backed by public schools chief Tom Luna and the governor were signed into law several weeks ago.

Idaho will limit teachers union bargaining rights, introduce merit pay and shift money from salaries to classroom technology as part of the plan.

Some teachers, parents and students have criticized the measures, prompting the referendum effort to repeal them.