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Tue May 21, 2019, 06:56 PM

Groups want probe into DeVos stance on states using federal funds to arm teachers

Source: ABC News

Groups want probe into DeVos stance on states using federal funds to arm teachers

By SOPHIE TATUM May 21, 2019, 9:14 AM ET

Advocacy groups on Tuesday asked the Education Department’s internal watchdog to investigate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' handling of states' requests to use federal funds to arm teachers.

A letter obtained by ABC News and sent Tuesday to the Education Department’s acting inspector general argues that DeVos broke federal law when she said it was not within the department’s purview to decide how these funds were used by states.

Last month, DeVos appeared before the House Education and Labor Committee where she was pressed by Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., on the department’s stance regarding states using Title IV-A funds from the “Every Student Succeeds Act” to train and arm teachers.

DeVos told the committee that she did not believe it was the department’s responsibility to decide if arming and training teachers was a proper use of the funds, and only said that they had “not advocated for nor against” it.

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Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/groups-probe-devos-stance-states-federal-funds-arm/story?id=63160740

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