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."