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November 9, 2017
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Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation

Prohibits Government from Enforcing Educational Standards and Makes Parents and Guardians Solely Responsible for their Children’s Education. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.


SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the proponent of a new initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures today. 

The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials. The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the measure is as follows: 

PROHIBITS GOVERNMENT FROM ENFORCING EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS AND MAKES PARENTS AND GUARDIANS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes Constitution to prohibit state and local government from requiring parents and guardians to meet educational standards. Gives parents and legal guardians the sole authority and responsibility to educate their children, including the right to determine the venue, curriculum, and methods of education. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially significant costs for state and local governments to resolve complaints and make alternative arrangements for parents who believe existing laws or policies violate their rights under this measure. (17-0030.) 

The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1827 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 17-0030. 

The proponent of the measure, Lee Ross, must collect the signatures of 585,407 registered voters (eight percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials no later than May 8, 2018. The proponent can be reached at 16458 Bolsa Chica Street, #165, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. No phone number was provided. 


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