School group says it has enough signatures to put voucher law on hold


Jimmy Arwood, Save Our Schools Arizona field manager and senior at Arizona State University, waits for a high-five from a voter. Arwood joined volunteers on a final day of signature gathering for the anti-school voucher campaign on Aug. 5 outside of Changing Hands Bookstore. /Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times

Save Our Schools Arizona claims to have collected enough signatures to temporarily halt the expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

According to a press release sent Monday morning, SOS Arizona collected more than 100,000 signatures in the last three months to refer Senate Bill 1431 to the 2018 November general election ballot. The public-education advocacy group needs about 75,000 valid signatures to ultimately be successful.

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A school bus rented from a private company will deliver the SOS Arizona petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State on Tuesday, according to the group’s press release, representatives will have a “precise final count” following the drop-off.

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