IRVING, Texas — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has offered its support of the inclusion of $165 million in funding for school security as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-76).
In the bill, Congress allocated $90 million to the Department of Education as a part of a grant program for safe and drug-free national activities. The funding will give local school districts the ability to purchase, install, and maintain school security equipment.
Congress provided an additional $75 million to the Department of Justice under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. This new program will help to ensure school safety, as well as provide aid to investigate motives for school shootings.
ESA has consistently urged Congress to provide aid to local school districts who wish to secure students and faculty. In June 2013, the association released its “Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools,” which outlines planning and other actions that can be undertaken at the local level to enhance the security of schools and other educational facilities.
“We are glad to see Congress include these funding provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act,” says ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat. “We will urge Congress to continue to secure these funding levels for the 2015 fiscal year. We must do everything we can to ensure school safety for our children.”
The president will present his budget for the 2015 fiscal year to Congress during the first week in March.