Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plan to make schools safer in the aftermath of mass shootings.
Over 200 schools in New Mexico will receive funding for security upgrades.
The $1 million will be used to increase security infrastructure in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, including more video surveillance in schools, expanded access control for staff, increased external fencing to some campuses and the relocation of security desks to school entrances to allow them to check in visitors to campus.
The grant’s criteria prioritize schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of incidents, schools where a school security audit has identified equipment needs and schools in divisions least able to pay for security upgrades.
The UNM Police Department believes the carjacking incidents were committed by the same group of people and are increasing nighttime patrols, according to spokesman Tim Stump.
Schools around the country are turning to gunshot detection systems to aid in campus security.
Districts have used funds to make improvements such as enhanced door locks, better visitor screening procedures and shatter-resistant glass. Many districts also used the grants to fund salaries for school counselors and child psychologist in order to improve mental health services for students.
Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is receiving increased security, staffing, and training, following violence against staff.
Florida legislators disagree with Gov. Rick Scott when it comes to security on school campuses.
The bipartisan Every Student Success Act does not expressly prohibit or allow the use of grants for the purchase of firearms.