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ESA says school security spending needs to be about equipment

ESA government relations director: ‘Not one dime’ spent on equipment
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07/16/2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has devoted more than $300 million over the past two years to enhancing school security. While that money has gone toward the production of reports, research, assessments and position papers, among other things, it has not gone toward the actual installation of electronic security systems, John Chwat, director of government relations at the Electronic Security Association, told Security Systems News.

Judge rules Virginia Tech did not violate Clery Act, waives fines

Expert says decision also sets precedent for how DOE determines Clery Act violation
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04/04/2012

WASHINGTON—In a decision that experts say could have far-reaching implications on campus security nationwide, an administrative law judge at the Department of Education has ruled that Virginia Tech was not in violation of the Clery Act for not sending a timely warning to the campus community in the early hours of the 2007 shooting that left 32 dead. The judge also dismissed a $55,000 civil penalty the DOE levied on Virginia Tech for the alleged violations.