Anti-school-voucher group hires paid signature-gatherers in effort to repeal law

| July 19, 2017

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez  The Republic /

The group behind an effort to repeal Arizona’s school-voucher expansion is hiring paid circulators as part of a final push to ensure they have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, its spokeswoman said.

Save our Schools Arizona launched a referendum campaign to halt the controversial expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program that opens it to all public- and charter-school students. The expansion is scheduled to take effect in August.

Save our Schools Arizona needs an estimated 75,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

Dawn Penich-Thacker, spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, said the group is on track to gather 75,000 signatures from an all-volunteer network. However, the group is contracting “with a handful” of paid circulators as an “insurance policy” — to ensure the group has enough signatures in the event some signatures are thrown out.

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