Critics Accuse Education Secretary Of Putting NRA’s Bottom Line Ahead Of Student’s Safety
According to sources, the Education Department is mulling the idea of using federal funds to arm teachers following the recent string of school shootings. The plan drew fierce condemnation. “Instead of after-school programs or counselors, programs that are critical for creating safe and welcoming schools and addressing the mental health needs of kids, DeVos wants to turn schools into armed fortresses and make kids and educators less safe,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
The Associated Press:
Education Dept. Proposals On Guns In Schools Sparks Outcry
The Education Department says it is weighing whether to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns for schools, prompting a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and educators. If approved, the plan would likely generate a lot of controversy at a time when a string of especially deadly school shootings earlier this year led to the rise of a powerful student-led gun control movement. (Danilova, 8/24)
In other news from the administration —
Los Angeles Times:
Scientists Blast EPA Effort That Would Discredit Health Research In The Name Of 'Transparency'
When the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal this week to give states more latitude in regulating pollution from power plants within their borders, it came with a sobering forecast of its likely impact on Americans’ health. By 2030, adoption of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule could lead to 470 to 1,400 additional premature deaths each year because of an increase in tiny airborne particles. Children with asthma could wind up missing 21,000 extra days of school annually, and up to 48,000 more people could experience “exacerbated asthma” as air quality deteriorates. (Healy, 8/24)