Arizona Interest In Anti-Mask School Vouchers Outpaces Funds

Sep 6, 2021

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. 

In this Nov. 30, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. A program announced by Arizona's Republican governor last month to give private school vouchers to students whose parents object to school mask requirements has seen a surge of applications, with twice as many either completed or started than can be funded with the $10 million in federal coronavirus relief cash he earmarked for the program.
Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

  

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.