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ERIC Number: EJ932136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Making School Bully Laws Matter
Zeman, Laura Dreuth; Edmondson, Lynne
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v20 n1 p33-38 2011
Over the last decade, bully prevention activities moved from the local districts to the state houses where legislators amended public school laws to incorporate safety regulations. For instance, the 2001 authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, referred to as No Child Left Behind, included the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Community Act (SDFSC, Title IV, Part A) that tied funding with school laws designed to keep students safe. Though the word "bully" did not appear in the current Act, it did support bully prevention by requiring states to pass laws that mandated districts to write safety plans and implement consequences for related behaviors. This Act required that district policies contain a needs assessment, be based on performance measures, be based on scientifically-based research for programs that work, be directed and targeted based on needs, and include parent input. In this article, the authors examine the state-mandated policies governing school bullying in the United States. They conclude that the Circle of Courage provides a standard for creating safe and respectful school climates. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001