/ Modified nov 26, 2021 9:34 a.m.

Arizona's anti-mask school voucher plan faces tough start

Participation in the Governor's program is low.

360 ducey jan 2021 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sits for an interview with Arizona 360 in his office at the Arizona Capitol on Jan. 13, 2021.
AZPM Staff

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s disputed effort to use federal COVID-19 relief money for a private school voucher program has funded fewer than 100 vouchers despite receiving more than 2,000 applications.

Ducey originally said he intended to use $10 million in federal funding for the program,

The lackluster award of vouchers the Republican governor has touted as a needed lifeline comes as some parents complain of poor responses from Ducey’s office.

And records obtained by The Arizona Republic show some families awarded vouchers earn more than the threshold set by Ducey.

The governor also faces major pushback from the federal government for what officials say is an inappropriate use of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

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