U.S. says Arizona can't use COVID-19 money just for schools without mask mandates

Health October 6, 2021 News
U.S. says Arizona can't use COVID-19 money just for schools without mask mandates

From NPR | Health by the Associated Press

The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state's federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates.

In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are "not a permissible use" of the federal funding. It's the latest attempt by the Biden administration to push back against Republican governors who have opposed mask mandates and otherwise sought to use federal pandemic funding to advance their own agendas.

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