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Goldwater Institute Stands with Families, Joins Lawsuit Challenging Attacks on School Choice

September 13, 2017

Phoenix—A coalition including the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit today regarding an attempt to delay the expansion of Arizona’s school choice program. Earlier this month, an anti-school choice group filed petition signatures to halt the program’s expansion, but a preliminary review of the signatures’ validity has revealed a large number of irregularities.

“By filing thousands of extremely questionable signatures, those who oppose a wider range of educational options for our state’s kids tried to pull the wool over the eyes of Arizonans,” Goldwater Institute President and CEO Victor Riches said. “This delay has put many families’ educational futures in limbo as the school year begins. This does a tremendous disservice to all of the parents and children whose main concern is not politics, but are simply seeking a better education that fits their needs and helps them achieve their dreams.”


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