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Unbelievable! Biden’s Shocking Move: Protecting Hunting and Archery Education in US Schools – You Won’t Believe What’s Happening!

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Unbelievable! Biden’s Shocking Move: Protecting Hunting and Archery Education in US Schools – You Won’t Believe What’s Happening!

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For Roy Getchell, it was a worrying summer.

Getchell, a school superintendent in Haines, Alaska, became alarmed a few months ago at the prospect of losing out on federal funding to support hunter safety and archery programs in his rural district.

These programs are a “way of life,” he said.

Each of the couple hundred students he oversees is strongly encouraged to complete a hunting safety course in the seventh grade, he said. That’s because by high school, many are already living a subsistence lifestyle, hunting and fishing for everyday food for their own families.

He and other rural school district leaders were relieved Friday after President Joe Biden signed bipartisan legislation protecting federal funds for K-12 schools with hunting education, archery, and sport-shooting programs.

“This would’ve been a very detrimental blow,” Getchell said.

The bill became law after months of questions in rural America about Education Department guidance concerning the interpretation of a provision in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a gun-safety legislation passed after the 2022 elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas.

Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in that shooting, prompting Congress to pass significant gun-control laws.

The legislation also allocated $1 billion for schools nationwide to enhance mental health services and improve safety. However, guidance issued by the Department of Education in April stated that none of the funds could be used for dangerous weapons or weapon training.

In July, Republican senators John Cornyn of Texas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina raised concerns about how the guidance was being interpreted, suggesting that it could lead to the defunding of archery and hunter-education classes.

The Education Department clarified that no federal funds had actually been diverted from schools due to the guidance in the Bipartisan Safety Communities Act.

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The uncertainty surrounding the funding caused some districts to pause their programs temporarily, according to Tommy Floyd, president of the National Archery in the Schools Program.

The archery program, which aims to teach skills like patience and self-control, has over a million students participating annually in nearly 9,000 schools across the country.

Many Democrats, including those facing upcoming elections, expressed support for protecting hunting and archery programs. The legislation received bipartisan backing in both the House and the Senate.

President Joe Biden’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention director, Stefanie Feldman, tweeted her support for the programs, and the president was pleased to sign the bill into law.

Zachary Schermele is a breaking news and education reporter for USA TODAY. You can reach him by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @ZachSchermele.

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