Betsy DeVos is thinking of using federal funds to buy guns for teachers.

By | 2018-08-24T13:54:07+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |9 Comments

I swear not one of Trump’s cabinet members ever comes up with a GOOD idea. 

Courtesy of NYT:

The Education Department is considering whether to allow states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators, according to multiple people with knowledge of the plan.

Such a move appears to be unprecedented, reversing a longstanding position taken by the federal government that it should not pay to outfit schools with weapons. And it would also undermine efforts by Congress to restrict the use of federal funding on guns. As recently as March, Congress passed a school safety bill that allocated $50 million a year to local school districts, but expressly prohibited the use of the money for firearms.

But the department is eyeing a program in federal education law, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, that makes no mention of prohibiting weapons purchases. That omission would allow the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to use her discretion to approve any state or district plans to use grant funding for firearms and firearm training, unless Congress clarifies the law or bans such funding through legislative action.

“The department is constantly considering and evaluating policy issues, particularly issues related to school safety,” said Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department. “The secretary nor the department issues opinions on hypothetical scenarios.”

The $1 billion student support program, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, is intended for academic and enrichment opportunities in the country’s poorest schools and calls for school districts to use the money toward three goals: providing a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for learning and improving the use of technology for digital literacy.

I am not sure what part of “Making sure the teacher is strapped” assists in a student’s “academic and enrichment opportunities.” 

But it would certainly help to turn our schools into the wild, wild west, where teachers were drawing guns on unruly students daily and asking them, “Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?”

We have already seen several insistences where law enforcement or conceal carry teachers have left their guns unattended in public schools, or have accidentally fired them with students around. 

In fact, here is another one:

A teacher accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring one student at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.

Dennis Alexander, who is Seaside City’s mayor pro tem and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was teaching a lesson at Seaside High School in Seaside when he pointed his gun into the ceiling and accidentally fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, the city’s police chief.

A 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment or by debris that fell from the ceiling, Pridgen said.

Could we even imagine how often that would happen if Betsy DeVos started handing out guns willy nilly? 

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9 Comments

  1. Beaglemom August 24, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Betsy DeVos is as dumb as she looks.

  2. Chenagrrl August 24, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

    School board members need to find new jobs, if they fall for this shill’s line of bull.

  3. Anon August 24, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    OT? “Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren summed up the Democratic impeachment talking points during a Wednesday interview on CNN: “I just want to be effective,” she said when asked whether impeachment calls make her “nervous.” “And the way that any of us are effective is to say, let’s get all of the EVIDENCE, let’s get all of the pieces out there. Protect Robert Mueller. Let him finish his investigation. Let him make a full and fair report to all of the American people. And when we’ve got that, then we can make a decision on what the appropriate next step is.””

    https://www.npr.org/2018/08/24/641521780/democratic-base-calls-for-impeachment-but-leaders-say-not-now?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180824

    https://www.npr.org/2018/08/23/641315568/parents-were-coerced-to-waive-reunification-rights-with-children-complaint-says?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180824

    • Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

      I totally agree, Senator Warren! Make it an air tight case.

  4. anon August 24, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    OT? teddy the Kink cruZZer? “He then compared Jones to a Holocaust survivor, evoking Martin Niemöller’s famous poem in a recent speech.

    “There used to be a time when reporters were big supporters of the First Amendment,” Cruz said, according to the Austin Statesman. “And you know as the poem goes, ‘First they came for Alex Jones.'””
    “The Republican senator is running only four points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, according to the latest Marist poll.”

    https://www.salon.com/2018/08/24/ted-cruz-called-out-by-sandy-hook-lawyers-for-defending-alex-jones/

    • DR August 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      https://www.newsandguts.com/ted-cruzs-political-gamble-losing-one/

      “Trump coined the nickname “Lyin’ Ted””
      ‘Mike Pence looks on as Donald Trump argues for a Pulitzer Prize for the National Enquirer’s coverage of Ted Cruz’s father….
      5:44 PM – Aug 23, 2018’

      “The question is will Trump stump for Cruz and if so would that help or hurt his chances. The Dallas News reports that Cruz would “welcome Trump’s help as he scrambles to fend off Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the nation’s costliest Senate contest.” “Overwhelmingly, Texas Republicans view the president as competent, knowledgeable and trustworthy, and overwhelmingly, Texas Democrats view him as just the opposite. That divisiveness helps explain why strategists in both parties see turnout — which hinges on enthusiasm — as the key to the midterm elections. Will anti-Trump enmity overcome a desire to rally around an embattled president?”

  5. Anon August 24, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    DO Gun$HOT wounds count tOO?

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/24/senate-republicans-introduce-scam-bill-to-fake-restore-obamacare-preexisting-conditions-protections.html

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-24/new-senate-gop-bill-eyes-damage-control-over-obamacare-lawsuit

    “The “Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act” was announced Friday by Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa,
    Dean Heller of Nevada, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, LISA MURKOWSKI of Alaska, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Lindsey Graham or South Carolina, John Barrasso of Wyoming, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.”

  6. Anonymous August 24, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Can you spell A-i-R-H-E-A-D?

  7. ANON August 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    OT/ “Aguilera, a Republican, is running in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, a Miami-area seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. -Aguilera has asserted that as a child, she was taken aboard a UFO by aliens who looked like the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.” “Aguilera said the aliens told her “God is a universal energy, not a person,” that the center of the world’s energy is in Africa and that thousands of non-human skulls were discovered in a cave on Malta.

    “I stick to my GUN$ when I believe in something,” she told the Associated Press in a recent interview, also claiming that she has been communicating with the extra-terrestrials telepathically after the abduction.”

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