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Cindy Whinham, opposed to a COVID-19 mask mandate in schools, holds a sign reading “Let us choose” at a meeting Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Ogden of the Weber-Morgan Board of Health.

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Under a proposal coming to the 2023 Utah Legislature, the state would hire a contractor to manage an education “scholarship” program to funnel public funds to parent applicants for home schooling, charter schools, tutoring and related purposes.

It’s an updated twist in an area long pursued by conservative advocates, tapping public school system funding for private education — but it has new life after turmoil erupted in public education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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