President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3/8/18

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being urged to discontinue the lax Obama-era school-discipline policies that may have attributed to the Parkland, FL school shooting.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter on Monday to urge DeVos to “immediately revise the 2014 directive and associated guidance to ensure that schools appropriately report violence and dangerous actions to local law enforcement.”

The current guidance for discipline is a joint effort by the Education and Justice Departments with the federal Office of Civil Rights to reduce criminal and disproportionate referrals, suspensions, and expulsions of minority students.

The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, avoided referrals and arrests under the policy. If Cruz had an arrest record, he would not have passed a gun purchasing background check. It is known that Cruz has histories of assault and brought gun ammunition to school.

The reduction of referrals, suspensions, and expulsions of minorities students are linked to federal grant dollars through the federal Departments of Education and Justice.

Senator Rubio’s letter goes on to say that common sense approaches to school discipline are being ignored and any policy seeking not to report disciplinary infractions appropriately to law enforcement has dangerous repercussions.

Secretary DeVos is looking to withdraw this guidance in addition to 600 other pieces of regulations from within the Department of Education.

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbor Worship Center in Kingsland.

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  1. But wHere’s a better idea. Toss Rubio and the rest of the sold out NRA mercenaries.But watch out for those Bears!

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