September 6, 2021 / Modified sep 6, 2021 12:22 p.m.

Arizona interest in anti-mask school vouchers outpaces funds

Gov. Doug Ducey's plan will give $7,000 a year to each student to pay for private school tuition.

Ducey Gov. Doug Ducey, June 2019.
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A program announced by Arizona’s Republican governor last month giving private school vouchers to students whose parents object to school mask requirements has seen a surge of applications.

More than 2,700 applications have been started or completed in less than two weeks.

That's twice as many as can be funded with the $10 million in federal coronavirus relief cash earmarked for the program.

Gov. Doug Ducey's plan will give $7,000 a year to each student to pay for private school tuition.

School voucher opponents worry they will permanently get vouchers and some Republican lawmakers say they hope that's the case.

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