Friday, April 30, 2021

Reynolds declined $95 million in federal pandemic aid for schools

(Radio Iowa) - Governor Kim Reynolds has declined $95 million in federal pandemic aid for schools.

During a town hall last night on Fox News, Reynolds said the $95 million was for surveillance testing of students in Iowa schools. Reynolds said President Biden must think Covid just started and the state doesn't need money to get kids back in the classroom since most Iowa schools have had in-person classes since August. After the program, the governor's spokesman provided Radio Iowa with an April 23rd letter the Iowa Department of Public Health sent the Centers for Disease Control. It said Iowa has ample funding and Covid testing capacity for Iowa school districts. The letter asked for state officials to be notified if the money could be spent in a different way, particularly if the $95 million could be used for vaccine distribution.

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