DeVos denies Education Department planned to use federal funds for guns
By Daniel Terrill
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reading to school children while maybe thinking about arming teachers. (Photo: Education Dept. via Facebook)
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