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Article by Bryan Howard
September 2, 2018
On Friday Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked if she would tell schools how to spend federal funds, including in their decisions to arm teachers or pay for firearms training. Betsy DeVos responded she would “not legislate via fiat” from her Department.
DeVos wrote in a letter to Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.”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 [Elementary and Secondary Education Act].”
The New York Times had written a report on August 22 claiming the Education Secretary was working to determine whether schools should be able to use federal funds to purchase guns and training for teachers. The Times claimed this from an anonymous source which Betsy DeVos Shuts down quickly.
DeVos also wrote that schools had “substantial flexibility” in how they use federal funds and that she would not make those decisions for them.
“Congress did not authorize me or the Department to make those decisions,” DeVos wrote. “As I have stated publicly on numerous occasions since I was nominated for this position, I will not legislate via fiat from the Department.”
Betsy DeVos even posted the letter on the Departments Twitter account:
.@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
Betsy DeVos stance seems to be she wants to allow the schools personally decide if they want to arm teachers and not restrict them. This is a fair system that should be accepted universal by both sides of the aisle. Yet, the Left seems to still have issues with this, probably because they won’t be pleased until all guns are removed from citizens.