As school security funding rises, Pa. Jewish schools seek help
Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, react as the funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz passes their school en route to the Homewood Cemetery following a funeral service at the Jewish Community Center, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Rabinowitz was one of those killed while worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(Harrisburg) — Students and staff from Jewish day schools in the same neighborhood as the Pittsburgh Synagogue that was the site of October’s mass shooting and other cities around Pennsylvania are asking state lawmakers for help paying for security measures.
They went to Pennsylvania’s Capitol on Tuesday to meet with lawmakers about carving non-public schools into a year-old $60 million state school security grant program spurred by last year’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.
Jewish day school parents and staff say they’re particularly alarmed after synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and in California last week.
Samara Sofian, director of development for the Silver Academy in Harrisburg, says parents are asked to pay a security fee that rises every year, but she says it doesn’t go far enough.