Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure – Arizona News

Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure – Arizona News

Days after delivering 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, 200 demonstrators opposing the expansion of a school-voucher system rallied Saturday on the steps of the Capitol in hopes of maintaining their momentum. 

Attendees, including a half-dozen elected officials, renewed calls against efforts to expand Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Rally-goers repeatedly vowed to apply pressure to Republicans who support expansion, saying it would harm public schools. 

“It’s the silver bullet,” Chris Hanlon, an event organizer, told the crowd clustered in the shade in front of the Capitol. “Crime, poverty, inequality, racism, sexism. None of the problems get addressed if we don’t have a strong public-education system.”

The law expanding Arizona’s school-voucher program was put on hold Tuesday after foes delivered 111,540 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office. Their aim? Give voters the final say on whether the controversial measure should stand.

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State officials will spend the next month or so determining whether the group submitted enough valid signatures from registered Arizona voters to qualify the issue for the November 2018 ballot. 

Save Our Schools Arizona, a volunteer group that formed in opposition to expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, said it gathered the signatures from public-education supporters across the state who oppose using tax dollars for…

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