Betsy DeVos weighs letting schools buy guns with federal funds

Betsy DeVos weighs letting schools buy guns with federal funds

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering an unprecedented move allowing states to use federal funds to buy firearms for teachers.

The move would reverse a long-standing government policy not to pay to outfit schools with weapons.

DeVos is said to be eyeing a loophole in a law intended to increase academic opportunities.

The law does not prohibit weapons purchases.

In March, Congress passed a school safety bill allocating $50 million a year to school districts but that money cannot be used to buy firearms.

An education department spokesperson says they are "constantly considering and evaluating policy issues."

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