DeVos: School Safety Commission Won't Examine Role of Guns

June 6, 2018

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday. "That is not part of the commission's charge per se," DeVos told a Senate subcommittee overseeing education spending.

DeVos' testimony to a Senate subcommittee came amid criticism by Democrats and some educators that the panel, set up by President Trump in March, was focused more on distracting public attention rather than truly addressing gun violence.

During a hearing on education spending, DeVos was asked whether the commission that she is chairing will look at guns in the context of school safety.

"We are actually studying school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school."

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