Rothman Announces $20 Million for Improved School Safety Nationwide
House Passes Bill that Includes Continued Funding for Rothman's Secure Our Schools Program
Washington, DC- Congressman Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) announced today that the House of Representatives passed the Commerce Justice State Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005 which includes $20 million for Rothman's national Secure Our Schools program. To date, Rothman has secured a total of $40 million for this important school safety matching grant program that he created in 2000.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have worked to ensure that our children can attend school without the fear of violence. In 2002 and 2003, this critical program allowed 106 law enforcement agencies in 26 states to partner with 337 schools to purchase and implement school security measures," Rothman stated. "However, there are over 92,273 elementary and secondary public schools in the United States with unique security concerns, and the need for federal assistance continues to be great."
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"The Secure Our Schools program will continue to have a significant impact on the reduction of school violence in this country, and I am pleased that the House of Representatives has made a commitment to improving the access of local municipalities to these grants by approving $20 million for this important program next year," said Rothman.
"Unfortunately, we live in a society in which a program like Secure Our Schools is necessary and where too many of our school children have to attend school worrying that they may be subject to some sort of violence. I will continue my commitment to this program so that our children can go to school and concentrate on learning and preparing for the future instead of constantly looking over their shoulders in fear."