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Though the fury and outrage among the liberal media has died down on the topic, there is still an ongoing debate as to how best to address school safety and school shootings at the federal level.
While the left has argued that stricter gun control laws would be the best route, conservatives have countered that hardening school defenses and allowing faculty and staff to be armed would best serve to keep students safe from mass shooters and other forms of violence — an option that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has reportedly been considering.
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Congress recently passed the Stop School Violence Act, which allocated an additional $50 million annually in grants to local school districts to be used for increased security purposes, but that bill explicitly prohibited the use of any of those funds for firearms or firearms training.
But according to The New York Times, Secretary DeVos has potentially found a way around that prohibition and is seriously considering allowing states and local school districts to utilize certain federal grant funds to both purchase firearms and fund training for teachers who wish to be armed for the protection of their students and themselves.
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DeVos is reportedly eyeing a federal grant program known as Student Support and Academic Enrichment, a program that doesn’t specifically prohibit the use of funds for firearms or firearms training.
Unless Congress steps in and passes legislation to specify such use in this particular program, DeVos could authorize states and districts to use the funds for just such a purpose.
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That $1 billion grant program is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and is generally intended to be used for such things as “providing a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for learning and improving the use of technology for digital literacy.”
It is the “improving school conditions” provision that some believe would allow...
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