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Betsy DeVos Is Said to Weigh Letting School Districts Use Federal Funds to Buy Guns
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48753"><span class="small">Erica L. Green, The New York Times</span></a>   
Thursday, 23 August 2018 08:41

Green writes: "The Education Department is considering whether to allow states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators, according to multiple people with knowledge of the plan."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month at the White House.Credit (photo: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month at the White House.Credit (photo: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)


Betsy DeVos Is Said to Weigh Letting School Districts Use Federal Funds to Buy Guns

By Erica L. Green, The New York Times

23 August 18

 

he Education Department is considering whether to allow states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators, according to multiple people with knowledge of the plan.

Such a move appears to be unprecedented, reversing a longstanding position taken by the federal government that it should not pay to outfit schools with weapons. And it would also undermine efforts by Congress to restrict the use of federal funding on guns. As recently as March, Congress passed a school safety bill that allocated $50 million a year to local school districts, but expressly prohibited the use of the money for firearms.

But the department is eyeing a program in federal education law, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, that makes no mention of prohibiting weapons purchases. That omission would allow the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to use her discretion to approve any state or district plans to use grant funding for firearms and firearm training, unless Congress clarifies the law or bans such funding through legislative action.


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+6 # Citizen Mike 2018-08-23 09:16
This invites lethal accidents and teaches children that hostile paranoia is normal. A completely ridiculous idea. I doubt it will be acted upon.
 
 
+6 # chrisconno 2018-08-23 09:51
I so wish this were an Andy Horowitz satire. Now the republicans want to divert already whittled down education funding to buy weapons. This will NOT make schools safer or better qualified as educators. This is pandering to the NRA and all its supporting weapons manufacturers. This is IDIOCY.
 
 
+5 # tedrey 2018-08-23 11:00
And then Betsy will want her brother Erik Prince to get the franchise for 'protecting' the schools the way he did Iraq and wants to do Afghanistan.
 
 
+2 # wilhelmscream 2018-08-23 11:31
A VERY DANGEROUS IDEA! IF TEACHERS CAN HAVE GUNS, STUDENTS WILL WANT GUNS!! AN INCREASE IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS; OPPOSITE OF WHAT AMERICANS WANTS!!
 
 
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-08-23 20:01
Teachers are not policemen, & never should be. This level of militarism, & that is what it is, is frankly insane.