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Phil Boas: Gov. Ducey Should Let Schools Make Their Own Decisions On COVID-19

Phil Boas
Phil Boas
Phil Boas

The Show regularly checks in with the Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic to talk about current issues facing the state and the region — featured in columns on the newspaper’s op-ed pages.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show fewer COVID-19 outbreaks in schools that have mask mandates in place than in schools that do not. But pending a judge’s decision, the state’s ban on mask requirements in schools is set to take effect Sept. 29.

The front page of the Sept. 26 edition of the Republic featured an editorial with the headline, " Gov. Ducey must stop handcuffing schools on COVID-19."

In it, the editorial board urged the governor to allow districts that want to impose mask requirements to do so. 

The Show spoke with Phil Boas, editorial page editor of the Republic, about this, and asked him to lay out why he and his colleagues on the board think the approach from the governor and Legislature on this issue is not the right one.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.