Arizona Ordered to Stop Using Federal COVID-19 Funds for Anti-Mask Grant Programs

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was ordered Tuesday to stop using federal COVID-19 funds allocated to the state for education grants that can be given only to schools that don’t require masks, the Associated Press reported.

The order marks the latest action President Joe Biden’s administration to oppose Republican governors who are seeking to prevent mask mandates or trying to use federal funding to support their political agendas rather than pandemic recovery.

Ducey established the grant programs in August in an effort to push back against school districts that imposed mask mandates, despite a statewide ban on such requirements, the AP said. The Republican governor funneled $163 million into one grant program that was available only to schools without mask requirements.

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