N.J. Parochial Schools to get State Security Funding
New Jersey's private and parochial schools would receive state funding for security measures under a bill approved by the Assembly Education Committee.
The bill (A4288) is aimed at protecting schools against terrorist attacks or other security threats, said NJ.com.
Beginning this fall, schools would receive as much as $25 per student for security cameras or new doors and locks. In total, the state would provide an estimated $3.75 million next school year, said NJ.com.
The maximum amount a school can receive per student would increase each year based on inflation.
"Private schools currently receive state funding for technology, transportation and school nurses but not for security," said NJ.com.
The bill would require the superintendent of every school district and the chief administrators of any private schools within that district's boundaries to confer each year about security needs.
Ideally, the school leaders would come to an agreement over the security services, equipment or technology that the private school needs, within the limit of available funds, according to NJ.com. If the two cannot agree, the executive county superintendent would make the final determination.