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Proposed Bill Would Provide Funding for Private School Security Measures

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St. Dominic School, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
St. Dominic School, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Public schools in New Jersey receive $75 per student to go toward security measures to ensure safety during the school day, but private schools receive no such funding – a gap one local lawmaker is trying to close with a bill that would provide funding for student security in private schools.

In the proposal by Assemblymen Sean T. Kean (R-Ocean, Monmouth), private school students would receive one-third of what their public school counterparts receive. The $25 per pupil funding measure would go towards security services, equipment, and technology to “help ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school children,” Kean said in a statement.

“With new school security procedures and advances in technology, we can provide increased protection that includes all our children,” Kean said.

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Kean himself is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. Brick Township’s largest private school is St. Dominic School on Old Squan Road, which has 528 students enrolled. In neighboring Lakewood, which is included in Kean’s legislative district, 65 private schools serve 17,021 primarily Orthodox Jewish students. Statewide, 1,297 private schools educate 240,555 students, according to Education Bug, a website that tracks school data.


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  • JW P

    “65 private schools serve 17,021 primarily Orthodox Jewish students” in other words, he’s using public taxes to payoff the Orthodox racketeers and buy votes for his re-election. It will probably end up like Lakewood’s ‘free’ city bus service primarily financed by the state that only stops at all-male Orthodox Yeshivas.

    • Trevor

      Hit the nail on the head with that one!

      • T as in Truth

        Really Trevor? I thought the days of bigotry and racism towards Jewish people was behind us but you & JW just proved me wrong.

      • Trevor

        How is stating a true fact bigotry? And Jewish is not a race. If the people in Lakewood want to practice an orthodox/extremist interpretation of the Jewish faith that’s all well and good, but I’m not fronting the cost of security or bussing or anything else for their 60+ private schools in one community with my tax dollars.