Assemblyman Kean Proposes Secure Schools for All Children Act

April 27, 2015

How much would you pay to make sure children are safe in school? Assemblymen Sean T. Kean (District 30) is sponsoring “Secure Schools for All Children Act” (A-4288), a bill that provides $25.00 per pupil to help ensure security measures for nonpublic school children.

Public school students already receive about $75.00 per pupil for security aid, with an additional amount for the number of low income students enrolled in school. Because of recent national incidents, all schools have been focusing on increased prevention and preparedness. The money allocated for The Secure Schools for All Children Act would be used to provide security services, equipment, and technology to help ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school children.

Assemblyman Kean feels it is equally important that nonpublic schools also receive funding to provide for student safety and security measures. “With new school security procedures and advances in technology, we can provide increased protection that includes all our children.”

Because Lakewood is not classified as an Abbott school district, Lakewood does not receive as much funding as the Abbotts. Many Lakewood residents feel the school district has been short-changed in terms of education funding.

About Assemblyman Sean T. Kean: Assemblyman Kean is serving his second tenure in the New Jersey General Assembly. He served from October 2002 when he was chosen to fill a vacancy to January 2008 when he started a four-year term in the State Senate. Following redistricting in 2011, he returned to the General Assembly on January 10, 2012. Assemblyman Kean served on the Monmouth County Environmental Council from 1999-2001. He previously served on the Wall Township Planning Board and is a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore.

Legislation: Assemblyman Kean has sponsored legislation to mandate that carbon monoxide sensors be installed in all residences. He also sponsored legislation requiring zero emission vehicle technology be made available in the state, and a bill to increase penalties for persons convicted of kidnapping a child under the age of 16. He also authored the law creating the Gold Star license plates for family members of fallen soldiers. In addition, he sponsored legislation that revised alimony laws by providing grounds for modification and termination when the alimony payer retires, loses a job, or when the alimony recipient co-habitates with another person.

Assemblyman Kean, born May 21, 1963, grew up in Deal, N.J. He is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1988, received a master's degree from Columbia University, and earned a law degree from Seton Hall University Law School. He has a private law practice. He resides in Wall Township with his wife Bridget, and three children.
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