CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB)- New York’s senior senator wants parents to think about the safety of their children’s school. Charles Schumer says the government has cut funding for anti-violence efforts in western New York schools to a potentially dangerous level. He will be in Cheektowaga Monday, pushing for change.
The senator’s staff says he will reveal that federal funding for anti-violence efforts in schools has been dramatically cut by over $100 million in the last five years. As a result, western New York schools don’t have safety programs they need to help prevent horrific incidents like Sandy Hook or the recent stabbing attack at a Pittsburgh-area high school.
When Schumer speaks at Cheektowaga Central High School around 11 a.m. Monday, he will explain that the federal programs help schools purchase safety technology, provide safety training and funding for school safety officers. Schumer says with the dramatic decrease in federal funding schools are being forced to pay for security initiatives out of funding normally allocated for educational programs. Schumer wants the federal Department of Education to restore and implement school safety programs that have been cut over the years.
If funding is increased Schumer says there will be less pressure on local school budgets and safer schools for western New York students. Schumer says he picked Cheektowaga Central because thats one school that’s been dipping into educational funding for school safety.