Voucher foes seek dismissal of suit challenging referendum

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Proponents of a referendum on Arizona's ambitious school voucher expansion are asking a judge to throw out voucher supporters' lawsuit challenging the now-scheduled November 2018 public vote.

A dismissal motion filed Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court by Save Our Schools argues that the entire lawsuit and many of its specific claims are legally flawed for various reasons.

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The lawsuit filed last month by Americans for Prosperity challenged paperwork used in the grassroots signature-collection effort that succeeded in at least temporarily blocking the law.

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The law expands eligibility to all students by 2022 but caps enrollment at about 30,000. Eligibility is now limited to categories of students representing a third of all students.

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Supporters say vouchers give parents more choice, while opponents argue they divert money from cash-starved public schools.

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