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Bonamici moves to block use of federal funds for arming teachers

August 30, 2018
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Education and the Workforce vice ranking member Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore), Education and the Workforce ranking member Bobby Scott (D-Va), and 171 democrats are calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to forbid the use of federal student grant funds to arm teachers and staff.

“Students and school staff deserve a learning environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to quality instruction and student learning,” the lawmakers wrote. “Arming teachers would not only jeopardize student and staff health and safety, but also run counter to Congressional intent, precedent, and common sense. We urge you to clearly and unequivocally disallow the arming of teachers using ESEA funds intended to improve equity of educational opportunity.”

Congress created ESSA's Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program with the intent to support mental health services and other important student support programs, according to Bonamici.

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