Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced last week that $5 million is being made immediately available to municipalities in the first round of school security funding under the Competitive Grant Program — a component of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act signed on April 4. The grants will reimburse municipalities for a portion of the costs associated with making safety and security improvements in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The governor made the announcement at Hartford’s Classical Magnet School where he was joined by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman were joined last week by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman John Larson (D-1st) and state and local officials for a town hall-style discussion with parents, students, and school officials on education reform and school security.