HARTFORD – In the aftermath of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 high school students and teachers were killed in a mass shooting, Governor Dan Malloy requested that the legislature bond an additional $10 million to allow schools to increase the security in their buildings. As in previous years, $1 million will be set aside for non-public schools.
Michael Bloom, executive director of JFACT (Jewish Federations Association of CT), explained called this news a ‘win’ for Jewish day schools and explained why JFACT lobbied legislators not to cut funding to security grants.
“Securing all schools and Jewish institutions from outside threats continues to be a top priority for the Jewish community, as well as JFACT,” he noted.
“This is another big victory because during the negotiating of House Bill 5590: An Act Concerning Bond Covenants and the Bond Issuance Cap and the Bond Issuance Cap and Requiring a study of Bond Covenants, cuts occurred to other projects legislators cared about. Legislators understood that securing schools is a priority for this state and did not make any cuts to the funding.”