Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christie Slashes private school security funding

Agudah News- Agudath Israel’s NJ Director Calls for Grassroots Response as Governor Christie Inexplicably Slashes Private School Security Funding 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision on March 15th to eliminate security funding for nonpublic school students has sent shock-waves throughout the private school community. The proposed budget cuts left many observers struggling to comprehend how the governor could leave 150,000 children virtually unprotected during a time when anti-Semitic incidents have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. 


Ironically, Governor Christie’s proposed budget was released just as Rabbi Avi Schnall, director of Agudath Israel of New Jersey, was in an Assembly budget hearing, praising the governor for increasing security funding just a few months earlier.  Rabbi Schnall was referencing the Secure Schools for All Children Act which passed the legislature by unanimous vote and was signed by Governor Christie in September.  The new law would have raised the per-child allocation from $50 to $75. 

Rabbi Schnall also lauded the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Gary Schaer of Passaic, for standing up for New Jersey’s private school community by crafting what he described as “monumental” legislation that addressed the critical need to provide all New Jersey schoolchildren with schools that are both safe and secure. 

Rabbi Schnall said that he was stunned by Christie’s proposed budget. 

 “With bomb threats pouring in at JCCs all over the country, acts of anti-Semitism taking place nationwide and Jewish cemeteries being vandalized, there could not be a worse time to cut security funding for schoolchildren,” remarked Rabbi Schnall. 

Rabbi Schnall noted that by approving an $11.2 million allowance to protect private school children this past fall, the governor had sent a clear message to Garden State residents that the safety of private school children was no less important than that of their public school counterparts. He asked, “what message is the governor now delivering by eliminating the entire nonpublic school security program?”   

With the New Jersey Legislature set to review the newly-released budget, Rabbi Schnall called on the public to express their opposition to Governor Christie's decision to eliminate security funding for nonpublic school students. Constituents should call their Assembly Members and Senators and ask them to reinstate security funding for nonpublic school students.

19 comments:

  1. Does the extra money make a difference?
    Are there more security guards at our schools?

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  2. what security have our schools had until now? if they were getting money, how was it used? I guess maybe for cameras etc.

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  3. On the one hand, I too wonder how is this money being used, on the other hand, I would never miss an opportunity to bash Christie, who I voted for twice.

    He has been a total disappointment and horrible governor. He put a "freeze" on State spending in many areas, but instead of making reforms and cutting costs, he shifted the tax burden to the municipalities.

    He is a self serving, or just plain selfish, unprincipled, lazy individual. because of Christie, it may be a very long time before NJ has a Republican governor again.

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  4. They are paying for cameras ,for upgrading the outside doors and access control to make the buildings more secure to,outside penetration. Once the schools get the hardware installed ,many will start getting security guards if the funding continues next year.

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    1. Which Mosdos will be getting enough money to actually hire full time competent security guard? At $75 a student you need approximately 1,000 students to get a decent guard.

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    2. Which Mosdos will be getting enough money to actually hire full time competent security guard? At $75 a student you need approximately 1,000 students to get a decent guard.

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    3. There is not enough money to hire gull time security. Only part time

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  5. Thank the vaad for endorsing corzine. Christie never forgot and has. Done nothing for us

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  6. He cancelled because there were too many cases with draidlach and coverups. Cant blame christie for that. I have other issues with him but in this case i fully agree.

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    1. What are talking about? You make no sense

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    2. Which part of whay i saod makes no sense. The draidlach or coverups?

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    3. Blubbering jibberish going on here

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    4. He's talking about the bridgegate scandal

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    5. he's referring to corzine, mcgreevey and spiro agnew.

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  7. The yeshivot have security cameras but too often I see the doors being held open with cones. How is that for security?

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  8. What happened, Agudah lost a source of income? Because no private school in Lakewood has adequate security whatsoever. The money was going somewhere else.

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  9. Mr Kikes. This was the first year that there was any meaningful security funding and the schools are still dealing with the BOE to actually spend the money. So try to get your facts before you spew your nonsense. Most schools are trying to use it to upgrade their foods and licks and cameras. Then in future years once the buildings are secure ,they can use it for security guards ,but it looks like that won't happen.

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  10. Doors and locks.

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