Federal Anti-Bullying Legislation to Be Reintroduced—Again
Will the current Congress be any more accepting of federal anti-bullying legislation?
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is once again pushing for a federal law that would, among other things:
- Require schools and districts that receive federal funding to adopt codes of conduct banning bullying and harassment—specifically prohibiting harassment on the basis of a student's actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion;
- Require states to collect information on bullying and harassment and report it to the U.S.Department of Education;and,
- Require states to make this information readily available to the public.
This week, Casey visited schools in his home state to tout the legislation, including Harding Middle School in Philadelphia, where he was joined by representatives of the Cartoon Network. The network encourages kids to take a pledge that says they'll speak up if they see something that seems like it's bullying. And the network is sending out flags like the one Casey helped hoist over Harding Middle that carry the campaign logo. (Get one for your school here.)