PHOENIX (AP) — A group that opposes a major private school voucher expansion bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this spring is hiring circulators as part of a final push to ensure it gathers enough signatures to put the voucher program on hold until the November 2018 election.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) Save Our Schools Arizona hopes to gather the minimum of 75,000 signatures by the Aug. 8 deadline to stop the voucher program from taking effect in August.

Group spokeswoman Dawn Penich-Thacker says the group is on pace to meet the deadline, but is contracting "with a handful" of paid circulators as an "insurance policy."

Arizona started the program in 2011 for disabled students. It was expanded to allow about one-third of K-12 students to use public money to attend private schools.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,