NJ lawmaker wants state to chip in for private, parochial school security

 Assemblyman Gary Schaer proposes that New Jersey

Assemblyman Gary Schaer proposes that New Jersey "give each private or parochial school $25 per child as to way to ensure that the schools would have the funds necessary to put in buzzer systems, alarm systems, whatever to ensure the security of the children as much as possible." (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to provide state funding to help keep students at private and parochial schools safe.

Assembly Budget Committee chairman Gary Schaer has proposed giving each nonpublic school in New Jersey $25 per student to pay for alarm systems and other security services and equipment.


“The bill is designed to assist parochial and private schools, which are naturally facing the same difficulties that all schools are facing and that is possible terrorist activity which would of course harm the children going to the school,” he said.

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Schaer, D-Passaic, said the total cost of the program would be under $4 million. He calls that a small price to give students the confidence of knowing they’re secure in their classrooms.

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