Jerry Spreitzer is the Executive Director for the Arizona Federation of Teachers, which was part of the coalition that led the fight against vouchers – a coalition consisting mainly of teachers unions and school board organizations. Their fight against vouchers began soon after the program was approved three years ago.
“It’s been our longstanding position that we’ve been opposed to school vouchers for parochial schools. It’s unfortunate that it involved this population” – the disabled children – “but the bottom line is that public dollars belong in public schools,” said Spreitzer. He recognized that school choice advocates would continue to fight, perhaps even bringing the issue to a state vote. But he doesn’t believe that Arizona voters will buy it.