Schools that want to arm teachers will be allowed to use federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act to do so, Frank Brogan, the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, told the Associated Press.
Democrats think 2018 is their year, and they're using education—and educators—to make their case.
In Alabama, educators, experts, and community members urged the Federal School Safety Commission not to arm teachers.
Democrats told Betsy DeVos that a grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed by Congress to help pay for education technology and efforts to improve school climate, not guns.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos squeaked into office by the skin of her teeth about 18 months ago. And now, at least one Republican senator who supported her is taking heat for her vote on the campaign trail.
As a two-time presidential candidate and veteran lawmaker on Capitol Hill, John McCain put school choice at the center of his plans to help disadvantaged students.
DeVos has been weighing whether to rescind the guidance, which has proven to be one of the most controversial initiatives from Obama's education policy team.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have taken similar, but not identical, positions on arming teachers.
Total education spending would increase by more than $500 million over fiscal 2019 in the bill approved by the Senate, which would fund the U.S. Department of Education at up to $71.6 billion.
The money for firearms purchases would come from the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, which receive $1.1 billion under the Every Student Succeeds Act.