Check out my new post at NewsWorks on the impact/burden on NJ’s Anti-Bullying legislation:
On January 5th, 2011, Gov. Christie signed The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (A-3466), a piece of legislation that intends to curtail New Jersey’s high incidences of bullying, intimidation and harassment.
The bill went into effect on the first day of the 2011-2012 school year and was triggered by the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after several incidences of cyber-bullying.
So, how’s the new legislation faring? Does it genuinely reduce bullying, harassment, and intimidation in NJ’s public schools? Is it a political sleight of hand, using the Clementi tragedy as ignition for a popular piece of legislation? Is it a well-crafted bill that proactively stems the scourge of bias? Is it an example of bureaucratic overkill? As usual, it depends upon whom you ask.
Read the rest here.
Also, NJ School Boards Association just released a the results of a survey of “local school administrators to gauge the impact of the new law on school districts. See here for results.