Taxpayers will pay for private and parochial schools in New York City to have security guards, if the City Council votes in favor of it in early December. The bill, Intro 65-A, is titled
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a program to reimburse nonpublic schools for the cost of security guard services.It has the support of 45 of the 51 members of the city council. If it is passed, it would go into effect on April 1, 2016.
One guard would be in schools with 300 to 499 students. Two guards would be in schools with at least 500 students. An additional guard would be in schools for each additional 500 students. Guards would not automatically be in a school; each school would have to submit a request.
About 250,000 children in grades pre-K through twelve attend the approximately 800 non-public schools in the city. In the first year of the program, the cost to taxpayers could be up to $19.8 million.
The guards will not be armed. They will not be members of the NYPD. They will be employees of private security guard companies that qualify as providers by meeting standards established by the administering agency. Guards will be paid a union-level prevailing wage.
The guards must be registered and trained pursuant to state law and they must be referred by a state licensed security guard agency. The law will also require that the guards are paid the prevailing wage. The law will cap spending on the program at $19.8 million in the first year and allow for future increases as needed based on the growth of the program and increases in the prevailing wage. - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/363917/historic-nyc-to-pass-greenfields-law-providing-security-for-yeshivos.html#sthash.6zvH9r5U.dpuf