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Private school tax break campaign files initiative signatures

Kids parachuting into a private school with voucher money
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A petition campaign to extend tax credits to help fund private school scholarships turned in almost half a million signatures today.

The next step is for election officials to check and certify the signatures. If that happens, the question goes to the Republican-controlled legislature. GOP state Senator Lana Theiss says approval of a veto-proof initiative is a near-certainty.

"And I think it's imperative that we get opportunities to our children. We need different options," she says.

But Cassandra Ulbrich — a Democrat on the Michigan State Board of Education — says the question should instead go to the ballot.

"Don't just sidestep an actual vote of the people and go ahead and pass something," she says.

A court challenge under the state constitution is also likely if the Legislature adopts the measure.