Electronic Security Association Supports
School Security Funding Levels for 2014
Appropriations Act Allocates $165 Million to Ensure School Safety
Irving, Texas (Feb. 14, 2014) — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has announced that it strongly supports the inclusion of $165 million in funding for school security as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-76), which was passed by Congress and enacted into law in late January.
In the bill, which provides funding for a number of government agencies through Sept. 30, 2014, 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. Those guidelines are available on ESA’s website at www.ESAweb.org/schoolsecurity.
"We are glad to see Congress include these funding provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act,” said ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat, "and 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.
Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.