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Report: 30 percent of districts lack anti-bullying policy

from District Administration Magazine

Despite national campaigns to combat bullying, 3 in 10 districts still do not have policies that protect students from harassment. And many of these school systems are in states that require such rules by law, according to a report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, also known as GLSEN. Most anti-bullying policies are developed on the district level, says Nathan Smith, director of public policy at GLSEN. Every state in the country now has an anti-bullying law, but the regulations vary widely. Only eighteen of these laws prohibit specific behaviors, such as discriminating against students based upon students' race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. more

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