Opponents of Arizona’s new universal private school voucher program last week succeeded in blocking the law until voters can weigh in next year, barring a successful court challenge or an outright repeal of the new law by the state legislature.
County recorders reviewing a random 5 percent sample of the 111,000 signatures certified by the Arizona secretary of state have now verified that enough valid signatures were gathered to send the measure to the ballot.
Voucher backers have already filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the voter referendum. The last time a referendum blocked a law, the GOP-dominated legislature repealed it, incensing voter-rights advocates of both major parties.
A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as Ariz. Petitioners Get Go-Ahead to Take Universal Voucher Issue to Voters