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Schaer Legislation Encourages Creation of "Blue Parks" to Make Parks Safer & More Inclusive for Children with Special Needs
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) will introduce legislation to encourage municipalities and counties in New Jersey to follow the City of Passaic's "Blue Park" initiative, which aims to make parks safer and more inclusive for special needs children, including those on the autism spectrum.
Launched in Passaic, "Blue Parks" initiative makes parks more accommodating for special needs children, including those whose conditions make them a flight risk
"We should make every effort to make our parks safer and more inclusive for all children to enjoy," said Schaer. "What is being done in Passaic should be replicated throughout the state so children with special needs can fully enjoy their outings at the park, and parents and caregivers can rest a little easier knowing that extra safety measures are in place."
Video: Schaer Questions Christie School Security Aid CutAssembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) questions state Department of Education officials during Monday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Gov. Christie cutting $7.5 million for nonpublic school security aid out of the proposed state budget.
Watch the video here.
Schaer: 'Gov. Christie has left school funding in untenable situation'Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Monday after the budget panel met with the Department of Education to discuss inadequate school funding throughout New Jersey:
"Everyone recognizes the need to fix school funding throughout New Jersey, but it's unfortunate that we're starting from such a difficult place after 8 years of Gov. Christie's budgets short-changing school districts. Gov. Christie has left school funding in an untenable situation..."
Schaer: Eliminating Security Funding for Nonpublic Schools Makes Schools, Students More Vulnerable to AttacksAssembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement concerning the total elimination of funding for nonpublic school safety in the governor's proposed budget, and the potential repercussions during Monday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing:
"We have a responsibility to keep all children safe, regardless of what school they attend.
"There has been a substantial increase this year in threats and suspicious activity reported at religious institutions, amid an increasing climate of hate and intolerance.
"Students, parents and teachers should not have to accept increased risks simply because they attend or work in nonpublic schools. Parents should not have to worry about their children's schools being targeted by terrorists because they attend a parochial school…"