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Now that the Utah Supreme Court has ruled, the school voucher referendum campaign can begin in earnest. Though it promises to be vigorous, even bruising, let it proceed with dignity, civility and accuracy.
Fortunately for the people of Utah, the high court acted expeditiously June 8 to resolve a messy and confusing conflict. The ruling means the vote on vouchers in November will be up and down. If the ballot measure passes, House Bill 148 will go into effect and Utah will move forward to implement the nation's broadest school voucher program. If the measure fails, there'll be no voucher program. According to the court, a confusing second voucher measure passed late in the legislative session is dependent upon the first and cannot stand alone.
KSL welcomes the Supreme Court's ruling. It brings much needed clarity to the voucher issue and the referendum measure.
With the future of the voucher program now in the hands of the electorate, we encourage voters to become familiar with the issues. Look beyond the rhetoric and one-line sound bites that are sure to become intense. Take the time to learn how vouchers would work and how they would effect the education of children in Utah. KSL is convinced a properly informed electorate will make a wise and proper decision.