State makes record investment in nonpublic schools, enhances security amid rising hate crimes

The state is set to invest an unprecedented $467 million in nonpublic schools as part of the state’s 2024-2025 budget, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday, marking an $88 million increase from the previous year and representing the largest state budget allocation for nonpublic schools in the nation.

A sizable portion of the funds will be used to enhance security measures through the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) program — an effort led by Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris — bringing funding from $45 million to $70 million. Additionally, the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant saw a $10 million increase from $25 million to $35 million.