Teach PA Calls for Greater Security Funding After Anti-Semitic Threats

In the wake of anti-Semitic vandalism and new bomb threats at Jewish schools across Pennsylvania, Teach PA called for increased security funds for nonpublic schools.

This weekend, hundreds of tombstones were vandalized in a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery and yesterday morning, two day schools and Jewish community centers across Pennsylvania were evacuated after receiving threats.

Teach PA, a project of Orthodox Union Advocacy, is the leading advocate for nonpublic school security in Pennsylvania, successfully pushing for security guard grants in the 2013 Safe School legislation.

“We are extremely grateful for everything the legislature has done to keep Pennsylvania schools safe, but it is clear that many nonpublic schools face inordinate threats that require greater resources,” said Arielle Frankston-Morris, director for Teach PA. “Every child deserves to go to school in a safe environment, regardless of what type of school he or she attends. These latest threats underscore the urgent need for action in Harrisburg, and we look forward to partnering with our schools and families to work with Governor Wolf and our legislators.”