In 2016, Local Law 02-2016 was enacted, creating a reimbursement fund for non-public schools with over 300 students, allowing them to use taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of keeping their school facilities safe through contracts with private security firms. Charter schools in private space were not included.
Legislation to expand the program has stalled in the City Council, leaving charters as the only schools in New York City that are not eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of security guard services.
We are calling on the Mayor to allow public schools operating in private space the same benefit as the City’s wealthiest schools. All students deserve to feel safe!
Estimated number of students who are not being protected under this law
Charter schools operating in private space are not included in this law