Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Books, not magazines: Outcry grows over DeVos plan to divert federal funds for guns in schools

DeVos’s plan would use federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to pay for firearms and to train educators in their use.

Pressure is growing for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject plans to grant federal funds to states to purchase firearms for teachers and school employees. The proposal comes after requests from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to train and arm school marshals. DeVos’s plan would use federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to pay for firearms and to train educators in their use, and would reverse long-standing federal policy prohibiting federal funds for arming educators. We speak with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Adam Skaggs, chief Counsel at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Guests

  • Adam Skaggs chief counsel at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • Randi Weingarten president of the American Federation of Teachers.
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