DeVos draws backlash for mulling plan to put federal funds toward school guns


This person claims to run the Department of Education, but some say she's a puppet for the NRA. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • This person claims to run the Department of Education, but some say she's a puppet for the NRA.

Grant money designed to pay for things like art, music, technology, and mental health programs in the country's poorest schools could eventually be used to help schools buy guns, under a plan being considered by Betsy DeVos' education department.
The idea was reportedly prompted not by a grizzly bear attack, but by school shootings and inquiries from the state of Texas. It drew swift criticism from Democrats Thursday:

According to the New York Times, the law behind the pot of academic enrichment money DeVos may allow schools to use to buy firearms is silent on the issue. The paper reports that such omissions allow the head of a federal department to use their discretion to approve or deny plans for how states use the money.
The only hope to keep the money from being used for weapons purchases, the Times reports, would be for Congress to clarify the law or bans such funding through legislative action. Earlier this year, Congress passed a school safety bill allocating $50 million a year to local districts, but expressly prohibited the use of the money for firearms.

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