DeVos commission to mull Obama ‘Rethink School Discipline’ policies
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A commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats MORE will reconsider the Obama administration's guidance for school disciplinary policies. 

The White House announced Sunday within its new "hardening schools" proposal that DeVos will lead the new Federal Commission on School Safety and will consider whether to replace former President Obama's "Rethink School Discipline" guidelines, according to USA Today.

The guidelines, which effectively discouraged schools from reporting misbehaving students to law enforcement, have been criticized following the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month. The suspect in the shooting had been been expelled from the school.

In a letter urging DeVos and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone FBI chief refuses to deny reports he threatened to resign amid pressure House Judiciary Chair expected to issue DOJ subpoena over Clinton emails as soon as this week MORE to put in place measures ensuring that violent students are reported to law enforcement, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend' For Tillerson, bucking Trump became a job-killer At least six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses on cars in Florida MORE (R-Fla.) criticized the 2014 guidance for placing the burden of discipline on teachers. 


Teachers' advocates, such as Catherine Lhamon, former Education Department assistant secretary for civil rights, have said repealing the guidelines for student discipline will not help protect schools from mass shootings, saying the Obama administration's emphasis was on decreasing discriminatory discipline.

“It is completely divorced and should be completely divorced from how to address external shooters," Lhamon told USA Today.

The commission comes as the president has waffled on which policies to pursue after the shooting in South Florida left 17 dead.

Rubio has also advocated for age limits for the purchase of rifles in the state. The gunman reportedly used a legally purchased AR-15 rifle in the shooting.