Action Alert - Security Funding
ACTION ALERT - We need your help!
There is new legislation to increase the amount of security money given to non-public schools. This security funding allows us to continue to improve the security features we have at OLSS. Over the years it has been used to purchase security cameras, door-buzzer systems, update alert systems, etc. Security is a reality in our world today and we would be most grateful if you would take some action on behalf of our students. Read on to find and how and share with your family and friends. Thank you!
ISSUE: The safety and security of children is of primary importance to parents and educators. After the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, security is more important than ever for all nonpublic school students.
IN THE LEGISLATURE: Two bills are before the state legislature. A4597 is in the State Assembly and S3080 is in the State Senate. Both bills have the same purpose, which is increasing the current security aid from the current $75. To $150. per K-12 student.
Our Position: Security aid for our students is underfunded. Risk to all students is real, especially when faith-based institutions become targets for violence. This further appropriation would increase the amount of security aid so that nonpublic schools can take further steps now, during this school year, to put additional security measures in place for the safety of all. Public school funding for security is approximately $205. per student.
1. Please contact your State Senator and Assembly members for your state legislative district. Ask your Senator to support S3080, and your Assembly members to support A4597. To find your Senator and Assembly members, go to: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp and click on the word “municipality” in the lower right-hand section of the web page.
2. Please call Senate President Steve Sweeney at 856-251-9801. Here is the message: “My name is _____ and I live in _______ town/city. I am very concerned about protecting nonpublic school children in the wake of recent tragic events at a place of worship in Pittsburgh. I would like to ask Senate President Steve Sweeney to post Senate Bill S3080 in the Education Committee so that there can be a vote for equitable funding to help keep children safe in nonpublic schools who currently receive less funding than their public school counterparts.
3. Please call Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin at 732-855-7441. Here is the message: “My name is _____ and I live in _________town/city. I am very concerned about protecting nonpublic school children in the wake of recent tragic events at a place of worship in Pittsburgh. I would like to ask Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to post Assembly Bill A4597 in the Education Committee so that there can be a vote for equitable funding to help keep children safe in nonpublic schools who currently receive less funding than their public school counterparts.
4. Please contact Assemblyman Gary Schaer at 973-249-3665 to thank him for introducing and sponsoring this legislation.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS ACTION TO HELP PROTECT OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN.