In October 2011, one month after the Anti-Bullying law went into effect, it was good schools were becoming more proactive.
Three months later a because it was an unfunded mandate, and taxpayers carried the burden of financing the law's requirements of training, paperwork, investigations and hearings.
The ruling goes into effect in less than two months, but , school districts have nothing to do but wait and see.
The anti-bullying law was sparked by the 2010 suicide of a Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, whose roommate allegedly used a webcam to video him with another man. When it was signed into law in January 2010, it was . It requires extensive reporting to administration and school boards, for incidents that take place both in and out of school.
"We all believe that safe, non-threatening, and inclusive learning environments are essential to student learning," Michael LaSusa, the assistant superintendent for the , said, "but this law is overly prescriptive and bureaucratic in nature. If anything, it has made it more difficult for us to deal with potential acts of bullying and harassment because it dictates every step of the process in a way that fails to take into account the specific dynamics of each situation."
How necessary is the law to providing a safe environment in Madison and Chatham schools? In this prolonged economic downturn, how much should local residents bear when it comes to funding state mandates?
Madison and Chatham parents, we want to hear from you: Do our school districts need the anti-bullying law?