New Jersey Keeps on Top of Bullying: Anti-Bullying Task Force Clears Assembly

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The next phase of anti-bullying law in New Jersey is on its way with the approval of an anti-bullying task force. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, creates the task force in order to evaluate current law and was recently approved by the Assembly Education Committee.

The impetus behind the anti-bullying task force in part comes from school district feedback requesting assessments to determine if the law is working and if changes should be made.

How the Anti-Bullying Task Force Will Work

The task force’s charge is to examine, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. That law, enacted in 2011 as an extension of our state’s original 2002 anti-bullying law, details school responsibilities for all instances of bullying and teasing. Schools must have clear processes for these types of cases and follow them. The Bill of Rights Act applies to bullying on and off school grounds and cyberbullying.

Eleven task force members will be appointed in all. Nine must have a background in the legal, education, policy, social or psychological aspects of bullying in public schools. The task force will also include two members of the public: a family member of a student who has been bullied and a student, over age 17, who has personally experienced bullying.

The goal of the task force’s assessment is to study how the current Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act has been implemented, identify areas of improvement and recommend appropriate changes. Its process must include at least one public hearing in order to gather public input. A final report of both findings and recommendations will be due to the Governor and the Legislature within 180 days.

In discussing the task force, Karabinchak referenced New Jersey’s anti-bullying law enacted in 2002. At that time, it was the first in the U.S. The 2011 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act refined and bolstered the original law. The task force will strengthen anti-bullying efforts by measuring how effective the Bill of Rights Act has been.

Next steps for the Anti-Bullying Task Force proposal? On to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.

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