The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment to a bill that would appropriate $4.75 million to create a national research center to help school districts assess security problems and find ways to address them.

The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., adds a School Security Technology and Resource Center to the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act.

The center will be a partnership among the Sandia National Laboratories, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center Southeast, and the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement.

“Every child deserves the ability to receive an education absent the fear of violence,” Hutchinson said of the measure.