Betsy DeVos turns school gun violence commission into a tool that will hurt minorities — and ignore gun violence completely | Alternet
President Trump tasked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to create a commission to study the epidemic of gun violence in schools and come up with recommendations to make schools safer.
Secretary DeVos took her time to get the Commission up and running.
Her first step was to appoint members to the Commission: just four Trump Cabinet Secretaries, with no Democrats, experts, or students.
That was a red flag.
The next red flag came when DeVos testified before Congress, and was forced to admit that her commission on gun violence would not study the role of guns in school shootings.
It continued to get worse.
This summer DeVos announced a plan to allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns.
And now, according to The New York Times, Secretary DeVos will use her school safety commission as a tool to rescind or roll back Obama-era guidelines designed to protect Black and other minority students from racially-motivated punishments – while suggesting they are responsible for a rise in school violence.