The first FOIA request, filed Aug. 27, sought records detailing the role the National Rifle Association and other gun rights lobbying group may have played in the Trump administration’s decision on the issue. DeVos has said the law allows districts to use money from a flexible ESSA block grant to buy guns, although she will not issue any additional guidance on the matter. The second FOIA request, filed Sept. 11, asked for information about which school districts wanted to arm teachers using federal funds. The department has 20 days to respond to FOIA requests, according to its website.
A version of this article appeared in the October 24, 2018 edition of Education Week as Correction