There’s an old saying that “you can’t put a price on safety.”
While true in the abstract, the state of New Jersey puts a price on the safety of our school children each and every year.
As part of New Jersey’s budget, our state government allocates an average of $144 per student toward the cost of keeping our children safe during the school day. But as it stands, that money goes only to protect the state’s public school children, excluding the more than 150,000 children who attend New Jersey’s hundreds of non-public schools.
Non-public school children face exactly the same security risks as their public school counterparts. And yet our state makes no provision for their safety.