House Committee Approves Comprehensive School Safety Program Funding

On May 8th, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill by a bipartisan voice vote.   In this bill, the Committee once again included $75 million for the Comprehensive School Safety Program.

The Comprehensive School Safety Program came into existence last year as part of the FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill and is run by the National Institute of Justice at the Department of Justice.  For FY 2015, the Appropriations Committee included language that says that at least half of the $75 million should go to research activities.  The other funds will go towards pilot grants to “evaluate innovative approaches to increase the safety of schools nationwide.”   This is a different balance of research vs. pilot grants from the FY 2014 Comprehensive School Safety program, where $25 million was allocated to research grants and $50 million was allocated to pilot grants to improve school safety.  Details about the FY 2014 pilot grant competitions have not yet been released.