May 29, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires school districts to establish a "bullying" prevention policy.
- Requires all school districts and all non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools to create and implement a policy on “bullying” which must be updated every 2 years with the State Board of Education (Sec. 5).
- Defines “bullying” as any physical or verbal conduct directed toward a student that has one of the following effects (Sec. 5):
- Places the student in fear of harm;
- Causes a “detrimental effect” on a student's physical or mental health;
- Interferes with the student's academic performance; or
- Interferes with the student's ability to participate in school activities.
- Defines a “policy on bullying” as a bullying prevention policy that includes, but is not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
- The definition of bullying;
- A statement indicating that bullying is a violation of state law and school district policy;
- Procedures for reporting, investigating and addressing bullying; and
- Interventions that can be taken to address bullying.
A MAJORITY OF THE TOTAL MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IS REQUIRED TO PASS A BILL: 60 MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY AND 30 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE.