What is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018?
Consolidated Appropriations Act Releases $25 Million to fund school safety now and $33 million annually starting next year
On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which includes legislation that restarts the DOJ’s school safety grants program. The federal government has not issued grants for facility security since fiscal 2011.
This new provision will distribute $25 million to schools nationwide to purchase school security technology and equipment as well as fund emergency communications systems and other tools to help increase response capabilities among law enforcement. Starting next year, the bill will provide $33 million annually. Overall, the STOP School Violence Act included in this spending measure enables the DOJ to provide almost $1 billion to schools through the year 2028.
As a proud member of the SIA (Security Industry Association), IST is a big proponent of these grants. They will go a long way in helping better equip schools to deter and mitigate attacks like the one seen in Parkland, FL earlier this year.
SIA partnered with a number of other industry groups after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 to help bring this bill to fruition. These groups include the AASA (School Superintendents Associations, the NSBA (National School Boards Association), the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) and the IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
As part of its mission to protect students, SIA also co-founded the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), which is a consortium of school security experts that developed special threat- and income-based guidelines for K-12 schools at http://passk12.org/toolkits/.