Did DeVos Want To Use Federal Funds For Guns?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos denied that her department had planned to use federal grant money set aside for struggling schools to buy guns. “Let me be clear: I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff,” DeVos told House Democrats in a letter.

However, in the letter, she continued to say that per an Obama-era policy that state and local educational agencies have the authority to “tailor” their investments for their own needs. “I will not take any action that would expand or restrict the responsibilities and flexibilities granted to State and local educational agencies by Congress,” she said.

In closing, DeVos added that lawmakers should contact her “directly to discuss policy matters, instead of relying on faulty reporting.”

Details about the effort surfaced in an article by The New York Times that explained the Education Department had been reviewing a federal program for loopholes to fund arming teachers. While the federal funding bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act, prohibits using grant money for arming teachers, an act within it, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment program, does not.

In an initial response to the article, an Education Department spokeswoman suggested the department would keep options open. “The department is constantly considering and evaluating policy issues, particularly issues related to school safety,” she said.

Last month, more than 160 House Democrats penned the letter asking DeVos for clarity on her plans, but they also warned about federal law dictating how the funds should be used. Whether or not DeVos’s letter satisfied Democratic lawmakers is unclear, but what is clear is that gun control advocates want more of an answer.

Everytown for Gun Safety announced in a press release the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Education. The FOIA request specifically asks for internal documents discussing an effort to arm teacher as well as any written communication between the department and the National Rifle Association.

The idea to arm teachers is supported by the Trump Administration, which appointed DeVos to head a School Safety Committee following deadly school shootings in Florida and Texas. DeVos has also previously expressed support for arming teachers. Despite support by the powers that be, a majority of educators and the public criticize the policy.

source: guns.com

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    Dear Betsy:

    Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.

    Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.

    We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.

    You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun.

    IT is the OBLIGATION of the ‘education’ system’ to give the Students a well rounded and factual education.

    A FULLY ARMED SOCIETY IS AN EXTREMELY COURTEOUS AND RESPECTFUL SOCIETY.

    A “Well Armed Society” is only slightly less Courteous and Respectful.

    MANDATORY FIREARMS TRAINING K-12!!!

    Curriculum can be adapted to age ranges.
    Hands on TRAINING in K-2, with live fire in 3rd and up.

    Middle school and up will form shooting clubs and shooting teams for competition of other schools.

    There will be NO MORE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, from DAY ONE of implementation.

    By graduation, more People will choose to carry for their own self defense.
    With more adequate defense, even for the unarmed, only a shout away will drive the criminals back into the shadows.

    And fewer and fewer Voters will vote democrat.

    And fewer RINOs will get elected!

  • Patrick Feeney

    The Democrat Party is made up of Constitution trashing freedom haters who want to make decent, honest citizens unable to defend themselves against the criminals and crazies that are allowed to run loose in modern America!

  • Bill

    They all demand protection paid for by the Federal and State governments but do not want to the Fed’s to spend money on guns to protect the children. We already know that the Dems don’t care about protecting babies. And it appears they really don’t care about protecting children in schools which are soft and vulnerable to attack because they are gun free zones. This country is completely twisted by the New World Order propaganda permeating our government run educational system.That is why we home schooled our children. This is a very sick and dysfunctional godless society!

  • elise marchand

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • Micaela Redondo

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • greatehsan

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • antonios

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • Ethan Bey

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • lucasm

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun

  • Brett

    Dear Betsy:Present the following to the nice politicians that just want to keep our children safe.Textbooks, while a good teaching tool, a handgun in the hands of a well trained and competent Teacher will KEEP THEM ALIVE when needed.We have tried ‘common sense gun control laws’.You called them “GUN FREE ZONE” laws and guaranteed the DISARMED students, teachers and Staff would be DEFENSELESS against a crazed loon with a gun