No one thinks kids bullying each other is a good thing, so why is this bill a bad idea?
- In a bill supposedly about bullying, the bill doesn’t even protect ALL students from bullying equally–certain listed “classifications” of students are granted greater protection than others.
- The bill forces a one-size-fits-all unfunded mandate on all school districts, regardless of whether the school district, community, parents & students have already worked together to create a bullying policy that WORKS for that district.
- The Bullying Bill usurps local school districts’ and parents’ authority by creating new bureaucracy (a “School Climate Center” within the Dept. of Education) and red tape–with an unfunded $20 million annual mandate–for an approach to bullying that hasn’t even been proven…anywhere.
- The bill’s definition of bullying is so broad it could punish students as “bullies” merely for expressing a different opinion or belief that is…
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