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.
Tapping that fund for the purchase of weaponry spurred swift action in Congress Thursday morning. Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, introduced an amendment to a massive funding bill up for a final vote as soon as Thursday afternoon that would block the Department of Education from allowing school districts to using federal funds to purchase firearms. The spending bill in the final stages of consideration funds the Education Department, along with most other social programs.
Public schools, especially inner-city schools, are underfunded. This administration wants to divert up to 1 billion dollars from education to give the NRA to arm educators. The article doesn’t mention but makes no mistake the NRA are the beneficiaries of this legislation. Is the Trump administration throwing the NRA a life jacket?
Will arming educators prevent school shootings? Where is the data?
Parents this could make public schools a dangerous place for our children. Arming teachers is not logical. If a trained police officer contracted by schools (Resource Officers) did not prevent school shootings or protect students, why would arming untrained educators (teachers) reduce school shootings?
Have you noticed most school shootings don’t occur in inner-city schools?
Let Congress know how you feel.