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ERIC Number: ED566375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
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State Policies on School Climate and Bully Prevention Efforts: Challenges and Opportunities for Deepening State Policy Support for Safe and Civil Schools
Piscatelli, Jennifer; Lee, Chiqueena
National School Climate Center
The National School Climate Center (NSCC) completed a 50-state policy scan on state school climate and anti-bullying policies to better understand the current state policy infrastructure supporting the development of positive school climates. This policy brief examines the current status of school climate and anti-bullying policies in each state, and provides policy examples and recommendations for policymakers, districts, schools, and school climate advocates to consider. In conducting the policy scan, policies were defined as a state's statutes, administrative code, state education standards, and rules/regulations. The scan revealed that most states (45) currently have policies in place to address school bullying, while only 24 states have a policy on school climate. Details of many of these policies are explored in this brief. In 2006, NSCC conducted a scan of state Department of Education policies on school climate, which investigated state Department policies and programs for their alignment with definitions and current research in the school climate field. It made suggestions for how school climate policies and programs could be better designed and aligned with what the research show effective school climate includes. This scan, in contrast, examines the prevalence of state policies on both school climate and school bullying, and what elements those policies contain.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Climate Center (NSCC)
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Maryland; Michigan; Mississippi; Montana; Nevada; New Hampshire; Ohio; Oregon; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; West Virginia; Wisconsin
IES Cited: ED546900