All eyes on state highest court as it nears decision on Common Core question

06May

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON — With oral arguments completed this week and briefs filed, parties in a Supreme Judicial Court case over an initiative petition to rescind the Common Core educational standards in Massachusetts are now waiting for a decision they hope to have in early July.

The court’s ruling will determine whether Attorney General Maura Healey properly certified the petition and if it can proceed to a vote on November’s statewide ballot. Healey has asked the court to issue a decision by July 11 to allow time for the ballots to be printed either way.

The Common Core case grew out of a complaint filed against Healey and Secretary of State William Galvin by a group of 12 people — including former Education Commissioner Robert Antonucci and Massachusetts PTA president Stephanie Gray — who allege the petition is ineligible for the ballot.

The initiative (H 3929) seeks to roll back the 2010 incorporation of the Common Core standards into the state’s curriculum frameworks and revert Massachusetts to its previous standards. It also sets up a new review structure for learning standards and mandates that education officials annually release all state assessment test “questions, constructed responses and essays, for each grade and every subject.