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Anti-Bullying Law Has Run Out of Money

In an effort to find the mandated program, schools districts have been awarded some grant money -- but not much.

 

A new article on NJ Spotlight.com says New Jersey’s controversial Anti-Bullying law has run out of money.

The ground-breaking law, considered one of the toughest in the country for its strict rules to investigate and closely track accusations of bullying, has drawn criticism this year for being an "unfunded mandate." 

Though $1 million was awarded last week to more than 370 districts, the grants were essentially a fifth of what each district requested, according to the article.

Still, the state did appropriate $158,000 for the hiring of two anti-bullying specialists in the state Department of Education to help conduct staff training, and a spokesman did not rule out the possibility that additional funds would be awarded in the future.

“We are working to identify resources available to districts and schools to support their work in implementing the law,” said Justin Barra, the department’s communications director.

He said the new task force, made up of members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, would have its first meeting on July 26.

To read more on this story, click on NJ Spotlight.com.

Adam Kraemer July 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM
The idea of stopping bullying is a noble one. In practice this bill puts cost on the taxpayers and will stop bullying in only a limited way. How many children between the ages of 5 and 15 who have an inclination to be a bully will stop and truly change because the law say be nice and stop bullying? A rhetorical question with an answer of few if any. An unintended consequence of the law is teachers and administrators may not be able to use techniques to address bullying appropriately as the law limits flexible responses to the problem. Bullying is a serious cultural and moral problem. Unfortunately the law will most likely do little about it. Strong families, strong religious institutions, and a real sense of communities can stop bullying. Government unfortunately is not the best institution to stop bullying.

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