Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an illegal executive order stripping federal money from school districts with mask mandates.
Doug Ducey denies federal money to school districts if they have a mask mandate
To be eligible for the grant ($ 163 million total), Arizona school districts must be open for in-person learning as of Aug. 27 and must “follow all state laws,” including prohibiting mandates from school masks that Ducey signed into law. in June.
“Parents are in the driver’s seat and have the right to make the decisions that best suit the needs of their children. Safety recommendations are welcome and encouraged, mandates that put the most stress on students and families are not, ”the governor said in a statement Tuesday. “These grants recognize the efforts of schools and educators who follow state laws and keep their classroom doors open for Arizona students.”
Doug Ducey cannot deny federally allocated funds to school districts.
Ducey’s order is clearly illegal. There won’t be a long drawn out fight over it. Republican governors are having a problem with the basic concept in our governmental system that federal law supersedes state law or the executive order of a governor.
Unless they are specifically empowered to do so by federal law, usually in the form of a block grant, which is not CARES Act funding, governors do not have the power to direct federal funding. They definitely do not have the power to impose terms and conditions to access funds unilaterally.
The Ducey order is the latest gesture by Republicans to show their contempt for democracy. Governors are not kings and masks are not a culture war, but some Republican governors are trying to sicken and kill children for political gain.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press group and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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