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Opponents Of Arizona Gov. Ducey's Voucher Expansion File Petition

Members of the group Save Our Schools said they will turn in more than 100,000 petition signatures Tuesday to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s expanded school voucher program, which is set to go into effect Wednesday.

If the Secretary of State finds 75,321 of those signatures are valid, Arizona voters would decide on the initiative in the 2018 election.

However, history has shown lawmakers can repeal and rewrite legislation that could bypass voters in the long run. 

But, voucher supporter and House Majority Leader John Allen warned of voter fatigue and suggested supporters for the voucher expansion use a public relations campaign instead.

"The opposition is called, ‘Save Our Schools,’ It's not 'Educate Our Kids,'" Allen said. “This is about the status quo educational system versus the things we're going to have to do in the future to get quality education."

Other lawmakers supporting the voucher expansion say it’s unlikely the Save Our Schools petition will get approval once the Secretary of State’s office inspects the signatures under strict qualifying rules.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.