Governor Phil Murphy opened grant applications for $22.6 million in security funding for nonpublic schools at an event hosted by the Orthodox Union (OU). The funding was signed into law earlier this year and temporarily doubles the funding available.
The announcement was made at a dinner held by the OU’s New Jersey educational advocacy division, Teach NJ at the Newark Museum last week.
“Let me begin by thanking Teach NJ for your continued advocacy for the highest standards of education and safety for children in our nonpublic schools. This is a shared passion among everyone in this room – including me. I applaud Teach NJ for working together in coalition with schools of all faiths – many of which are represented here tonight – for the benefit of all children. This is the kind of leadership and cooperation that will help unite us in these trying times,” said Gov. Murphy. “After our hearts were broken by the senseless tragedies at Parkland and Pittsburgh, we had to act. After reading about the increase in anti-Semitic activity in our state, we had to act.”
The event was attended by over 200 people including representatives from Catholic and Muslim groups who have worked together with Teach NJ in their advocacy efforts.
Updated Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm text on event