Ducey: Biden administration will have to go to court to get education funding back

By Stacey Barchenger|Arizona Republic

The U.S. Treasury said two programs created by Gov. Doug Ducey in August appeared to violate rules for American Rescue Plan stimulus dollars.

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he has “no plan” to address a reprimand from federal Treasury officials over his decision to earmark $173 million for school vouchers and rewards for schools that did not implement COVID-related mandates. 

“In Arizona, our kids are going to have a choice on where they go to school, and that’s where those dollars are going to go,” Ducey said. “If the Biden administration wants to challenge us in court, we’ll see you there.”

For months, Arizona families and school operators have been in limbo when it comes to setting public health policy as state laws — and now federal funding — have been locked in back-and-forth battles in the courts and the political sphere.

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