Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she doesn't believe teachers should be armed with assault weapons in order to protect students.
During an interview on the "Today" show Monday, DeVos said she doesn't think assault-style weapons in schools is "the appropriate thing."
But she added that the arming of teachers "is an issue that is best decided by local communities and by states."
DeVos' comments come not long after the White House unveiled a set of proposals to address gun and school safety.
The proposals include arming teachers, encouraging retired law enforcement officers and military veterans to pursue careers in education, and expanding mental health programs.