The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed in 2015 to ensure equal opportunity for all students in the United States. With the recent frenzy of school shootings in the past few years, public officials are reconsidering how to use these federal funds to mitigate more tragic scenarios keeping students at a disadvantage.
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Betsy DeVos and the Education Department have been put in the spotlight to address this situation, as schools in Texas and Oklahoma have inquired on whether or not Title IV funding should be allocated towards guns and gun training.
“The department is constantly considering and evaluating policy issues, particularly issues related to school safety,” Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, reported on the New York Times.
Although federal funding typically never involves arming teachers with weaponry, things could change fast if school shootings become even more frequent. It will likely be up to each school district to determine what school safety protocol best suits them.
“I’m not a fan of arming teachers, but the safe schools block grant for many years has allowed states to make the decision about how to use those federal dollars to make schools safer for children,” Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Ten) added.