Betsy DeVos thinking of using federal money to arm teachers

Teachers union boss De Vos wants to turn government into 'arms dealer for schools'

Teachers union boss De Vos wants to turn government into 'arms dealer for schools'

The Trump administration is considering allowing schools to access federal education funding to purchase guns for teachers, U.S. media report.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is on the receiving end of flak from the activists on the heels of a New York Times article that reported the long-running Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program could be expanded by order of DeVos to fund purchases of guns for school security efforts.

The funds would be dispersed to states that would then divide them among districts that allow teachers to carry gun for defense of themselves and their students. And while the program aims to create safe schools free of weapons, it does not explicitly ban using grant money to buy guns.

But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may have found a loophole. According to current DOE guidelines, those grants are supposed to achieve one of three ends: "1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2) improve school conditions for student learning, [or] 3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students".

These grants do not contain language barring the use of funds to buy weapons, allowing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to approve or deny any state spending plans to use funding for weapons or firearm training.

Regime change in Iran 'not American policy', says Trump adviser John Bolton
The Iranian economy has been beset by high unemployment, inflation and a rial currency that has lost half its value since April. In addition, Bolton insisted, the USA role there was "to worry about the presence of Iranian militias and regular forces".

National gun control advocates on Wednesday decried reports that the Department of Education is considering funding more guns in schools.

In March, Congress allocated $50 million a year to local school districts, but prohibited the use of the money for guns.

"The department is constantly considering and evaluating policy issues, particularly issues related to school safety", said the spokeswoman, Liz Hill.

The commission is due to release a final report later this year.

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