Governor approves increase in security funds for non-public schools


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Jan. 8 to double (from $75 to $150) per-pupil funding for security spending on behalf of students in non-public schools. The additional funding will be available in the current school year.

While the amount remains lower than the allocation for public school students, the additional funds will help ease the financial burden as South Jersey Catholic Schools continue to invest in security services, equipment and technology.

“Support for this legislation in the Assembly and Senate was widespread and bi-partisan,” said Sister Rose DiFluri, assistant superintendent for South Jersey Catholic Schools. “And it was another example of how important it is for concerned citizens to make their voices heard.”

She added, “Throughout the state people who care about the safety of all children made calls and wrote emails asking for support at every stage of the legislative process.”