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Lagana Bill to Increase Funding for Private School Security Clears Committee

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TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Lagana which would appropriate $11.3 million in supplemental funds to increase per pupil funding for nonpublic security aid from $75 per student to $150 per student cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“While per pupil funding for private school security increased from FY2017 to FY2018, the FY2019 budget did not provide the necessary increase,” said Senator Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). “This supplemental appropriation will ensure that private schools have the funding they need to keep students in New Jersey safe.”

The bill, S-3080, makes a supplemental appropriation of $11.3 million for Fiscal Year 2019 to increase funding for nonpublic security aid. The funding would come from the general fund and go to the Department of Education for security services, equipment and technology at private schools.

The bill was released from committee by a vote of 11-0 and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.