THE NEW JERSEY State Assembly passed on March 16 two bills, among a package of 32, to aid all schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One would establish a technology grant program to reimburse schools for the purchase of technology and equipment including laptops, tablets, and hot-spot access devices for students who do not have the means to purchase these items.
The other bill provides $20 million to assist schools in covering facility sanitization costs. In addition to purchasing necessary supplies, schools can use the funds to cover additional personnel costs associated with increased cleaning.
“We are pleased that Trenton has acted swiftly to ensure schools have the resources they need in order to manage an extreme and unplanned-for public health crisis and that nonpublic schools will have access to these critical resources,” said Teach NJ’s executive director Katie Schlussel Katz. Teach NJ, a project of the Orthodox Union, is an advocacy group promoting equitable funding in nonpublic schools.
The two bills are scheduled to be introduced and voted in the Senate on Thursday, March 19. If passed they will be sent to the governor’s office for approval.