Monday, August 1, 2011

Gov. Malloy signs new anti-bullying law

West Hartford News (West Hartford, CT) July 27, 2011

"Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law legislation that takes comprehensive steps to ensure every child’s right to learn in Connecticut public schools without fear of teasing, humiliation, or assault. The new law—Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying laws—takes effect immediately.
The law has its genesis in a November 2010 Commission on Children forum where more than 500 people heard the Obama administration’s point person on bullying, Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, recommend that every school do the following: 1) adopt a clear policy against bullying behaviors; 2) train all staff who interact with students on how to observe, prevent, and stop bullying; 3) ensure that all staff members take immediate action whenever they observe bullying; and 4) gather data to assess the level of bullying in the school. The new law requires all of these steps." Read More

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