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Arizona school-voucher opponent hires referendum circulators

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 18:42:17-04
A group that opposes a major private school voucher expansion bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this spring is hiring circulators as part of a final push to ensure it gathers enough signatures to put the voucher program on hold until the November 2018 election.
 
The Arizona Republic reports Save Our Schools Arizona hopes to gather the minimum of 75,000 signatures by the Aug. 8 deadline to stop the voucher program from taking effect in August.
 
Group spokeswoman Dawn Penich-Thacker says the group is on pace to meet the deadline, but is contracting "with a handful" of paid circulators as an "insurance policy."
 
Arizona started the program in 2011 for disabled students. It was expanded to allow about one-third of K-12 students to use public money to attend private schools.
 
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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com