Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Arming Teachers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is opening the door for public schools to use federal funding to buy firearms.
DeVos had sent a letter to U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia that she posted on Twitter.
“Let me be clear: I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff under the ESEA … Congress did not authorize me or the Department to make those decisions.”
“As I have stated publicly on numerous occasions … I will not legislate via fiat from the Department. Therefore, I will not take any action that will expand or restrict the responsibilities and flexibilities granted to State and local education agencies by Congress.”
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The National Education Association has spoken out against the idea of arming teachers as well as the American Federation of Teachers. Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers said:
“We’ve known DeVos has wanted to do many things that would hurt students – including cutting federal spending for public schools and undermining the rights of vulnerable students or those who have student loans – but this idea is one of the most reckless and dangerous ideas I’ve heard from her.”
DeVos actions or inaction, now allows for states to decide the issue independently, however, the fact is this will be heavily litigated and no doubt, will be an issue for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule upon.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has written extensively on pro-gun rights and will no doubt support that decision.
DeVos statement is just a way of sneaking in through the backdoor the ultimate goal of President Trump: arming teachers.
Rather than make a decision themselves and come under heavy criticism, especially with the strong advocacy of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Parkland Shootings, Trump and his administration are letting someone else do the dirty work for them.
Remember, President Trump was supported by the NRA- National Rifle Association to the tune of $3o million.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
.@BetsyDeVosED "Let me be clear: I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff under the ESEA…Congress did not authorize me or the Department to make those decisions." pic.twitter.com/xbH8UTtZLZ
— ED Press Secretary (@EDPressSec) August 31, 2018