In 2016, Local Law 02-2016 was enacted, creating a reimbursement fund for non-public schools with over 300 students, allowing them to use taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of keeping their school facilities safe through contracts with private security firms. Charter schools in private space were not included. Legislation to expand the program has stalled in the City Council, leaving charters as the only schools in New York City that are not eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of security guard services.

Safety for All Students

Tens of thousands of NYC public school students have been excluded from a program that provides funding for school safety agents. All students should feel safe in and around their schools, and schools should be equipped to support the safety of all students.


Estimated number of students who are not being protected under this law


Charter schools operating in private space are not included in this law

We are calling on the City Council to allow public charter schools operating in private space the same benefit as the City’s other public schools. It is long overdue for NYC to provide publicly funded security guards to ALL public schools!

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Empire Report, APR 2024