U.S. Department of Education Gets $53B From Stimulus


Security integrators and dealers are presented with new opportunities after the recently-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has allocated a lump sum of $53.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Education.

While the measure contains no specific line-item funding for the life safety/security industry, the grants offer schools and universities across the country the ability to bring these technologies up to date.

The law does specify uses for which school districts and colleges may use the money, and includes the “modernization, renovation and repair” of public school facilities and instruction, research or student housing for colleges.

The grants can be used for compliance with fire and safety codes, including the installation of alarm systems, as well as modernizations, renovations and repairs that ensure schools are prepared for emergencies, such as improving building infrastructure to accommodate security measures.

National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA)-supported language was included in the $819 billion stimulus bill for the professional installation of fire/life-safety alarms in schools and universities. The association is encouraging its members to contact local school districts and area colleges and universities to present products and services for related projects.

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