N.J. Governor Vetoes Cops-In-Schools, Signs Education Bills

In total, the governor signed six education bills into law and vetoed one.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed several bills into law that affect school security and vetoed a bill regarding police officers in schools Sept. 6.

Christie signed bills that will establish a security standard at private schools and improve behavioral intervention efforts at all schools in the state.

The Secure Schools for All Children Act, or A2689, creates an aid program for nonpublic schools that sets aside $75 per student to go toward security services, equipment or technology.

Christie also signed S2081, which requires schools to develop programs to detect children with behavioral issues in kindergarten through second grade and prevent their behavior from escalating.

The governor vetoed S86, which aimed to establish a special category of police officers that patrol school and college campuses. Christie says he wants to make sure the officers complete school resource officer training beforehand, according to patch.com.

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“The safety of our children in schools is of paramount concern, especially in the wake of senseless violent attacks in the very places that our children should feel safest,” Christie said.

In total, Christie signed six bills during his signing at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Other bills the governor signed included one that attempts to incorporate the newest research on substance abuse into student drug education efforts and a bill that will allow colleges to save money by using cooperative purchasing agreements.

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