Today, the Assembly Education Committee approved bipartisan legislation, A-4288, the “Secure Schools for All Children Act.” This measure establishes a state aid program for security services, equipment, or technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school students.
Assemblyman Sean T. Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean, a prime sponsor of this legislation, believes it is necessary to provide security funding for all students.
“Keeping schools secure and students safe is a top priority,” said Kean. “With new technology there are various ways to provide increased safety measures.”
Assembly Bill 4288 provides $25 per pupil to help provide security measures for nonpublic school students. Public school students receive about $75 per pupil for security aid with an additional amount for the number of low income students enrolled in school.
Kean continued, “Because of recent incidents around the country, all schools have been focusing on increased prevention and preparedness. This funding will help nonpublic schools implement security measures to increase protections for students and staff.”
The State Board of Education is required to promulgate rules to effectuate the bill’s provisions. The will include a list of allowable expenditures for the security services, equipment, and technology to help ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school students.