|CA||Signed into law 08/2014||P-12||Referral of Bullying Victim or Perpetrator for Case Management, Counseling, Restorative Justice|
From bill summary: Authorizes a district superintendent, school principal, or the principal's designee to refer a victim of, witness to, or other pupil affected by, an act of bullying committed on or after January 1, 2015, to the school counselor, school psych...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2014||P-12||Bullying Prevention|
From bill summary: Prohibits a student from being subjected to bullying through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic devi...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||Bullying|
Adds bullying to the list of reasons for which a student's 1-year charter agreement or 2-year district choice agreement may be terminated. http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/EngrossmentsforLookup/SB+218/$file/Engross.html?open...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Anti-Bullying Policies|
Clarifies that anti-bullying provisions also apply to charter schools. Requires public and nonpublic, nonsectarian schools to adopt a policy on bullying that includes:
- A bullying definition as set forth in statute
- A statement that bullying is contrary to ...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Hazing|
S.B. 850 - Hazing
Section 9: Includes middle grades in provisions prohibiting hazing. Amends definition of hazing. Requires each district to adopt a policy that defines hazing, prohibits hazing, establishes a procedure for reporting an alleged act of hazing, establishes consequ...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Bullying|
Section 2 of the bill requires that, when a report of bullying is being investigated, the parents or guardians of the alleged bully and the parents or guardians of the alleged victim receive prompt notice of the investigation. Requires the school to invite the...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12|
By January 15, 2015, the department is required to submit a written report to the general assembly detailing the department's antibullying programming and current and projected expenditures for such programming for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.
|TN||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
Requires that each LEA adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying and transmit a copy of the policy to the commissioner of education by
January 1, 2015, and annually thereafter. If an LEA revises a policy prohibiting haras...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12|
|Hazing, Institution Policies|
Requires the policies of any public school or public institution of higher education regarding hazing to be consistent with model policies established by the Department of Education or the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, as applicable, and dire...
|MA||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Bullying Intervention and Prevention Plans|
Requires schools, including private, charter, public, and residential schools, to create a bullying intervention and prevention plan in consultation with teachers, administrators, law enforcement agencies, and students, among others. Outlines required provisio...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2014||P-12||School Safety, Virginia Center for; bullying.|
Requires the Virginia Center for School Safety to use the definition of bullying found in 22.1-276.01 of the Code of Virginia for purposes of training on evidence-based antibullying tactics and providing information to school divisions regarding school safety ...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2013||P-12||Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion: Bullying|
Permits suspension or expulsion of a student for an electronic act of bullying that originates off a schoolsite. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0251-0300/ab_256_bill_20131010_chaptered.pdf ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||School Social Workers - Endorsements and Roles|
Provides that school social work services may be provided by qualified specialists who hold a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement in the area of school social worker. Provides that school social work services may include i...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||School Safety Assessments and Model School Safety Plan|
Public Law 13 (S 0801 Substitute B - Chapter 151)
Directs each school district to conduct a school safety assessment in conjunction with local municipal police and fire departments within 30 days of this Act's passage and every three years thereafter. Also directs the department of elementary and secondary ed...
|NY||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Training in Social Patterns of Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination for Educator Certification|
Extends to December 31, 2013 the deadline by which school professionals applying for certification (including for service as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school administrator or supervisor or superintendent ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Anti-Bullying Training for New Staff|
Existing law requires four hours of anti-bullying training each year for all school staff. New provisions limit training to staff who have contact with students. Requires four hours of anti-bullying training for new employees, and two hours each year for conti...
|CO||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Colorado Youth Advisory Council|
Amends provisions related to the Colorado Youth Advisory Council. Amends issues the youth advisory council may discuss to include education and skill development (previously only education); employment and economic opportunities, education opportunities, inclu...
|LA||Passed 06/2013||P-12||Task Force on Bullying Prevention in Public Schools|
Creates the Task Force on Bullying Prevention in Public Schools to study the procedures and processes by which incidents of bullying are reported and investigated. Establishes task force membership. Requires the task force to submit its findings, conclusions, ...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||School Safety Training & Reporting|
Requires districts to annually include the number of reported violations of provisions relating to bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and intimidation occurring at the public schools within the school district and any actions taken by the public schools to r...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Revises provisions governing bullying. (BDR 5-72)|
Requires departments of juvenile services to inform juvenile courts and school districts of incidents of unlawful bullying or cyber-bullying. Requires courts to inform school districts of incidents of unlawful bullying or cyber-bullying. Revises the definition...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Bullying in the Public School System|
Defines "cyberbullying." Explicitly prohibits cyberbullying of any student or employee. Extends prohibition of bullying to include bullying (1) within the scope of a public K-12 educational institution (i.e., using computer located on school property or at sch...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Modifies the School Bullying Prevention Act|
Modifies the School Bullying Prevention Act. Defines "bullying" as any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably ...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12|
Requires the department of education, in consultation with school safety specialists and school counselors, to develop guidelines to assist school corporations and safe school committees in establishing bullying prevention programs, investigation and reporting...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12|
|Cyberbullying of public school staff|
Provides that cyberbullying of a school employee is a Class A misdemeanor. Defines school employee as any person hired by an institution of higher education, public school district, public charter school, or private school.
|OK||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Emergency Transfers|
The measure allows a student who has been the victim of harassment, intimidation, and bullying to receive an emergency transfer to another school district. The receiving district must verify that the student has been a victim of harassment, intimidation or bul...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Cyberbullying Definition and Prevention|
Requires local school boards to promulgate cyberbullying prevention policies by August 2013 and specifies what the policies must include. Specifies that disciplinary action taken by school administrators in response to cyberbullying must be by the least restri...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Parent Seminar on Youth Protection|
Directs a district to offer a parent seminar each year, using either a locally-developed curriculum or a curriculum developed by the state board, that includes information on substance abuse; bullying; mental health, depression, and suicide awareness; and Inte...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Bullying Policies|
Defines the term "bullying." Requires school boards to include in their codes of student conduct policies and procedures that include a prohibition against bullying. Directs Board of Education to develop model policies and procedures and school boards to adopt...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Preservation of Digital, Video, and Audio Recordings by Schools|
Requires schools to retain a master copy of all digital, video or audio recordings of school activities for a minimum of one week without editing, altering, or destroying recorded material. Requires schools to retain without alteration a master copy of any rec...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2012||P-12||Alternatives to Suspension, Expulsion; Other Means of Correction|
From bill summary: Authorizes a superintendent or principal to use alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the pupil's specific misbehavior. Authorizes a district to document the other means of corre...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2012||P-12||Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion|
From bill summary: Provides that, if the district superintendent or principal determines that a pupil has disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Students' Criminal Records and Information about Current Police Investigations|
Clarifies individuals and circumstances by which information surrounding a child's detainment under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may be used. Specifies such information may be used solely by school principal or officials determined to have a legitimate educa...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2012||pre-K-12||Bullying Reporting|
Requires that all reported incidents of bullying are reported to the Department of Education by a school district or charter school regardless of whether the incidents can be substantiated. Requires that the telephone number of the Department of Justice School...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2012||pre-K-12||Cyberbullying Policy|
Provides for the development of a statewide, fact-based cyberbullying policy to be adopted by local school districts and charter schools. Provides a means for the Department of Justice to assist in the defense of a district or school whose use of that statewid...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Electronic Bullying|
Amends provisions related to bullying by electronic means. From bill summary: Identifies specific conduct that constitutes a post on a social network Internet Web site, including posting to or creating a burn page, creating a credible impersonation of a pupil,...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
Provides legislative findings and intent. Extends provisions of Dignity for All Students Act to include explicit references to bullying and cyberbullying (provisions previously only cited "harassment"). Extends definition of acts that constitute bullying, incl...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
Provides this act is be known as the "Tesa Middlebrook Anti-Bullying Act." Includes disciplinary records in 17:416(A)(4) to records superintendents and teachers must keep. Permits principal's salary to be withheld until such report is satisfactorily made. Dire...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Prohibiting Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools|
Requires school boards, when amending its policies and procedures that address bullying, to include the following
-procedures for students, school staff, parents, guardians and others to report
incidents of bullying including anonymous reporting of bullying; ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12|
|Harassment and Bullying|
Clarifies the legal standard required to prove harassment in a civil action. A plaintiff is required to prove both of the following: 1) That the student was subjected to unwelcome conduct based on the student's or the student's family member's actual or percei...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Bullying|
Defines what constitutes student harassment. Provides defendant is harassing a victim when an image is intentionally malicious or when a similarly situated person judges the image as intimidating.
|NJ||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Bullying - Programs and Training|
Provides that, in the event that the necessary programs and services such counseling, support services, intervention services, and other programs are not available within a district, the district may apply to the Department of Education for a grant from the Bu...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Antibullying Training and Information Dissemination|
Requires the Virginia Center for School Safety to provide training on antibullying tactics to public school personnel and serve as a resource for school safety research, data and other information. This bill is identical to HB 504. The Center for School Safety...
|OR||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Bullying Policies|
Expands what each school district should include in its policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying and prohibiting cyberbullying to include, a procedure that is uniform throughout the school district for reporting, identify by job title the school...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Bullying Policy|
Requires each school district to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying. If a school district does not have a bullying policy, the district must follow the
model bullying policy in section 6 of this Act until the school district adopts its own bullying policy.
|OH||Signed into law 02/2012||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
H.B. 116 - Anti-Bullying
Enacts the Jessica Logan Act. Amends anti-bullying law to prohibit bullying via an electronic act. Requires local boards to adopt anti-bullying policies that prohibit harassment, intimidation or bullying on a school bus, and that expressly provide for the poss...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2011||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
Provides these provisions are be known as "Matt's Safe School Law". Not later than 6 months after the effective date of this act, requires a school district or intermediate school district board or a public school academy's board of directors to adopt and impl...
|MN||Issued 11/2011||P-12||Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying|
Establishes the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying to examine the state of bullying, harassment and intimidation in the state, including existing laws and regulations, and to advise the governor's office and the legislature on effective...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||P-12||Bullying|
From bill summary: Requires the policy adopted by the local educational agencies to prohibit discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics. Requires the process for receiving and investigating complaints to ...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||P-12||Bullying|
From bill summary: As of July 1, 2012, encourages the inclusion of policies and procedures aimed at the prevention of bullying in comprehensive school safety plans. Requires the department of justice and the state department of education to contract to provide...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||Postsec.||Harassment and Bullying; Nondiscrimination; Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation|
From bill summary: Requests the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing board of each community college district to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying to be in...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2011||P-12||Gender Identity and Gender Expression|
Expresses legislative intent that public schools have access to supplemental resources to combat bias on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_559_bill_20110906_chaptered.pdf...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2011||P-12||Student Suspension and Expulsion and Electronic Communications|
Permits a district to expel a student guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct perpetuated by electronic means. Permits a student to be suspended for up to 10 days or to be expelled for up to two years if (1) the student has made an explicit threat on a Web...
|HI||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||DOE Compliance with Bullying, Cyberbullying and Harassment Policies|
Requires the board of education to monitor the department of education's compliance with rules or statutes covering bullying, cyberbullying, or harassment and to establish reporting requirements for the department of education to report on the department's com...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution|
Requires districts to provide instruction in violence prevention and conflict resolution in grades K-12 (rather than in grades 4-12, as previously required). http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HB/PDF/09700HB1204lv.pdf...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||"Electronic Act" under Anti-Bullying Provisions|
Specifies that an "electronic act" as defined under anti-bullying policies includes a post on a social network Web site. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0701-0750/ab_746_bill_20110708_chaptered.pdf...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Strengthens School Bullying Laws|
Expands the types of conduct that constitute school bullying and the situations where it can occur. Makes the school principal responsible for investigating or designating someone to investigate and address bullying whether it occurs in or out-of-school. Requi...
|IN||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Bullying|
Provides defenses to the crimes of disseminating matter that is harmful to minors, child exploitation, and possession of child pornography if a cellular telephone was used and the defendant and recipient of the matter are certain ages and meet other requiremen...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Safe School Act -- to Combat Bullying|
Enacts the "Safe School Act." to combat bullying. Explicitly prohibits any form or degree of bullying at school. Defines "Bullying" as the use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Anti-Bullying|
Establishes definition of bullying; includes expression through electronic means (cyberbullying). Permits staff development to include training in preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying. Permits the board of trustees to tra...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide|
H.B. 1386 - Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide
Directs the department of public health, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency, to provide and annually update a list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in public K-12 schools. P...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Safe Schools|
Requires the Department of Education to establish and recommend training programs for members of the State Board of Education, boards of trustees of school districts and school district personnel on the prevention of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and in...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Cyberbulling|
Prohibits a minor from using an electronic communication device, such as a cell phone, to possess, transmit or distribute a sexual image of himself or herself or of another minor. A minor who uses an electronic communiction device to transmit or distribute a s...
|NV||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Accountability|
A.B. 138--Report Cards
Revised the requirements for the reports of accountability information prepared by the State Board of Education and the board of trustees of each school district to include: (1) certain information relating to adult diplomas; and (2) reports on incidents resul...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention|
Requires that each LEA include a prohibition against cyber-bullying in its existing policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying (cyber-bullying includes bullying undertaken though an electronic communications device). Expands the definition of "har...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Requires Nonpublic Schools Participating in State-funded Education Programs to Adopt Policy on Bullying|
Requires nonpublic schools that participate in state-funded education programs to adopt by March 31, 2012, a policy prohibiting bullying, harassment, and intimidation. Requires the policy to include specified provisions. Encourages nonpublic schools to develop...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Student Bullying Prevention and Education|
Creates a student bullying prevention and education grant program for schools in the department of education.Spells out terms and requirements of the grant program, funding and the department's responsibilities. Also clarifies and strengthens anti-bullying pro...
|CA||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month|
Provides that legislature declares March 2011 to be California School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and urges that the issue of bullying, and methods of prevention be discussed with appropriate
activities in California schools during this time. http://w...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Electronic Bullying and Harassment|
S.B. 100 - Electronic Bullying
Adds to definitions of "Harassment" and "Bullying" to include an incident or act conducted by electronic means. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/Acts/ACT058.pdf...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Nonpublic Schools Must Adopt Policy Prohibiting Bullying, Harassment & Intimidation|
Requires nonpublic schools that participate in state-funded education programs to adopt, by March 31, 2012, a policy prohibiting bullying, harassment, and intimidation. Encourages nonpublic schools to develop educational bullying prevention programs for studen...
|WV||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Expands the Definition of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying|
Expands the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying to include an electronic act, communication, transmission or threat which is administered by means of telephone, wireless phone, computer, pager or any electronice or wireless device whatsoever, an...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Bullying|
Directs school districts to implement following requirements with regard to incidents of bullying, harassment, or intimidation, including cyberbullying: (1) supply written report of full and detailed description of an incident; (2) establish appropriate discip...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Bullying Policies|
Amends state anti-bullying policy. Defines "attribute" an individual may be bullied for to include: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, socioeconomic status, academic status, disability, gender, gender identity, physical appearance, health condit...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Anti-Hazing Policy|
Clarifies that prohibition against hazing includes the initiation into or affiliation with sports programs and other extracurricular activities.
|NM||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Student Bullying Policies|
Requires the state education department to establish guidelines for district to develop student bullying prevention policies and programs.
|WA||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Relating to Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Suicide Prevention|
Requires the offices of the education ombudsman and the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group on school bullying and harassment preventionto develop, recommend, and implement
strategies to improve school climate and create respectful lea...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Bullying Prevention|
Adds six new sections to chapter 15.1-19, relating to the prevention of bullying in public schools.
Defines bullying as conduct that occurs in a public school, on school district premises, in a district owned or
leased schoolbus or school vehicle, or at any pu...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Expanding Scope of Anti-Bullying Laws|
Defines "communication", "cyberbullying" and "harassment". Prohibits students and school employees from engaging in bullying; cyberbullying; harassment; hazing; retaliation; and making false claims regarding the aforementioned conduct. By September 2011, requi...
|VA||Issued 02/2011||P-12||Effectiveness of Antibullying Policies|
Requests the Department of Education to study the nature and effectiveness of local school divisions' antibullying policies. In conducting its study, the Department of Education shall (i) review and compare antibullying measures in the student codes of conduct...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||Dignity for All Students Act|
Enacts the ''Dignity For All Students Act". Directs school trustees to establish (1) policies and procedures to create a school environment free of harassment and discrimination; (2) guidelines to be used in school training programs to discourage the developme...
|DE||Signed into law 08/2010||P-12||School Discipline Task Force|
Under current Delaware law, school officials have a mandatory obligation to report to the police and, in certain instances, initiate criminal prosecution of specific misdemeanor offenses committed by students over the age of 9. Raises the age to 12. School off...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Student Bullying and Code of Conduct|
Each board shall conduct a review of the student code of conduct and amend such code as may be necessary to assure that the policy prohibiting the harassment, intimidation, and bullying of a student by another student specifically addresses the nature, extent,...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Bullying and Gang Prevention|
Makes changes concerning the general assembly's findings concerning bullying prevention education and gang resistance education and training. Provides for a definition of "bullying" instead of "bullying prevention". Repeals requirement that a district make sui...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention|
Revises the statute on pupil safety and violence prevention to include harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying.
|MO||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Bullying|
H.B. 1543--Multiple Provisions
This bill specifies that bullying as it relates to required school district anti-bullying policies must include cyberbullying and electronic communications.
|GA||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Anti-Bullying and Disrupting Public School|
Amends definition of "bullying" to include cyberbullying and acts committed at school-related locations such as school grounds, school bus stops, school vehicles and school-sponsored activities. Expands defintion to include any intentional written, verbal or p...
|RI||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Special Senate Commission on Cyberthreats, Cyberbullying, Bullying and Sexting|
Creates a special senate commission to study and make recommendations on the problem of cyberthreats, cyberbullying, bullying and sexting. Directs the commission to report its findings and recommendations to the senate by March 31, 2011. Provides the commissio...
|MA||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Prohibiting Bullying|
Prohibits bullying on school grounds or at a school- sponsored or related activity, a school bus, or through the use of a electronic device whether the device is school-owned or not that infringes on the rights of the victim or disrupts the education process o...
|CA||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12|
|P-12 and Postsecondary Campuses as "Discrimination-Free Zones"|
Encourages public education institutions to:
--Designate each campus as a "Discrimination-Free Zone" to provide a safe haven from intolerance or discrimination
--Enact appropriate procedures (such as counseling services and conflict management) that meaningfu...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Prohibiting Bullying|
Prohibits bullying or harassing behavior in the schools. Defines bullying and harassing behavior. Defines hostile environment. Requires all districts to adopt policies prohibiting bullying and harassing as defined by this act.
|WA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Anti-bullying|
Relates to harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in public schools; requires each school district to adopt a minimum revised model policy and procedure that prohibits harassment, intimidation and bullying; requires school districts to designate on...
|UT||Adopted 01/2010||P-12||Bullying and Hazing Policies and Training|
Defines "bullying", "cyberbullying", and "hazing". Requires school districts and charter schools to implement bullying and hazing policies district- and school-wide. Provides for regular and meaningful training of school employees and students. Provides for en...
|IL||Signed into law 11/2009||P-12|
Provides that the exercise of free speech, free expression, free exercise of religion or expression of religiously based views by any individual or group of individuals that is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that occurs in a ...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2009||P-12||Negotiation Skills in Individualized Programs of Professional Growth|
Relates to standards and procedures for the issuance and renewal of teaching credentials. Specifies that an individualized program of professional growth may include a course in negotiation, meditation, and conflict resolution, including peer meditation traini...
|NH||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Commission to Study School Discipline|
This bill establishes a commission to study school discipline. Defines membership and duties of commission.
|NC||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||School Violence Prevention Act|
Enacts the School Violence Prevention Act; defines bullying or harassing behavior; provides that bullying or harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteris...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Student Discipline|
Requires school districts to prohibit harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying; considers a school district to be nonstandard if school district does not comply with requirements; relates to interference with the psychological well-being of a studen...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Revised Bully Policies Go to Commissioner|
As introduced, requires an LEA revising its policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying, which was filed with the commissioner of education, to transmit the revised policy to the commissioner. - Amends TCA Title 49.
|AL||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Student Harassment (Bullying) and Suicide Prevention|
Effective October 1, 2009. Establishes the Student Harassment Prevention Act. Requires local boards to adopt policies by July 2010 to prevent student harassment and suicide. Includes written and electronic acts motivated by a student characteristic in the defi...
|MN||Vetoed 05/2009||P-12||Establishment of Model Policies on Bullying|
Relates to education; provides for harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence policies by school boards; revises provisions requiring the establishment of a model policy for use by such boards; provides that the policy shall address all forms of harassme...
|NV||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Cyber-bullying|
Revises provisions governing safe and respectful learning environments in public schools to include a prohibition on bullying and cyber-bullying; requires the standards of content and performance for courses of study in computer education and technology establ...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Bullying Provisions Required Rather than Encouraged|
Requires, rather than encourages, school districts to include certain criteria in policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
|WY||Signed into law 02/2009||P-12||Safety|
Relates to education; provides definitions; provides that harassment, intimidation or bullying is prohibited; requires school districts to adopt related prevention policies; imposes requirements on the Department of Education; provides applicability.
|UT||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||Electronic Devices in Public Schools|
Directs all districts and charter schools, by April 2009, to adopt policies governing the possession and use of electronic devices while on public school premises. Sets forth multiple components that must be addressed in local policies, inlcuding prohibitions ...
Amends rule addressing bullying. Provides that bullying behavior may include definitions provided in Section 53A-11a-101. Requires districts' anti-bullying policies to provide training and education specific to bullying based upon students' actual or perceived...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||Bullying|
Specifies that bullying, as used in the Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985, includes acts that constitute sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation and that are committed personal...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying|
Requires the commissioner of education to develop resources and technical assistance for schools to provide to students in grades 3-12 and their parents concerning safe and responsible use of the Internet. Requires the resources to include information regardin...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Internet Safety Education|
Relates to Internet safety education curriculum. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, requires districts to incorporate an age-appropriate component on Internet safety into the school curriculum, to be taught at least once each school year to students in ...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Conflict Resolution|
Allows training programs in school districts or public schools to teach pupils to resolve conflict without violence, training school staff to promote conflict resolution, use mediation techniques and early detection to reduce incidents of violence and lastly t...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Electronic Bullying|
Expands the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying within the student discipline codes to include harassment, intimidation or bullying through electronic communications, including any verbal, textual or graphic communication of any kind effected, c...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Bullying Via Electronic Communications|
Expands the definition of student discipline codes relating to harassment or bullying to include electronic communications. Defines as "Electronic" communications to include any verbal, textual or graphic communication of any kind effected, created or transmit...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Bullying and Student Discipline|
Relates to a school learning environment; provides for in-school suspensions; requires a policy to address bullying in schools; provides that no disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report; requires each school to notify paten...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Bullying Prevention and Policies|
Relates to school safety; prohibits bullying and harassment; creates the Jeffrey Johnson Stand Up for All Students Act which prohibits bullying or harassment during education programs or activities, on school buses, or through use of data or computer software ...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Lockdown Drills; Electronic Bullying, Threatening Behavior|
Adds provision for annual review of school district and higher education institution emergency plans; revises requirements for school district lockdown drills (from one per year to two per year). Prohibits any lockdown drill from being conducted at the same ti...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Instruction on Nonviolence|
Urges all public schools to provide instruction on nonviolence as means to conflict resolution as part of character education curriculum. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10.
|KY||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||School Safety|
Requires any school or local board employee who knows or has cause to believe that a student has been the victim of a violation of any felony offense committed by another student on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored ...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Cyberbullying|
Defines cyber-bullying. Requires cyberbullying to be addressed in district policies related to bullying. Specifies that district policies must prohibit bullying while using school property (even if a student is off school grounds).
|MD||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||School Bullying Policies|
Requires the State Board of Education to develop a certain model policy prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation in schools; requires that the model policy include certain information; requires certain county boards of education to establish certain p...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Bullying/Hazing|
Defines bullying and hazing. Prohibits school employees and students from bullying or hazing, retaliation for reporting bullying or hazing, and making a false report of bullying or hazing. By September 2009. requires local school boards to adopt a bullying or ...
|UT||Adopted 03/2008||P-12||Standards for School District Discipline Plans|
Provides that all charter schools (and schools if district does not have districtwide plan) must develop a school-wide written model for prevention and intervention for student behavior management and discipline procedures for students who habitually disrupt s...
|NE||Signed into law 02/2008||P-12|
Requires schools to adopt a bullying policy by July 1, 2009; amends provisions regarding student discipline.Defines bullying as any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a scho...
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2008||P-12|
|Hate Crime and Bullying Laws|
Revises laws concerning hate crimes and bullying; relates to civil actions for for bias crime victims; adds bias crimes to the list with which a victim may receive compensation; requires police training in bias intimidation crimes; provides for additional pena...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Internet Safety Education Act|
Creates the Internet Safety Education Act. Provides that each school may adopt an age-appropriate curriculum for Internet safety instruction of students in grades K-12. Recommends a minimum of two hours of instruction each school year on:
(1) Safe and respon...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Anti-Bullying Policies|
Directs each school district to create and maintain a policy on bullying, and to file this policy with the state board of education. Requires the policy on bullying to be annually communicated to students and parents. Provides that the policy must be updated e...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Gang Resistance Education and Training|
Defines "gang resistance education and training" as instruction in conflict resolution, cultural sensitivity, personal goal setting and resisting peer pressure, when accompanied by a stated objective of reducing gang activity and educating K-12 students about ...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Cyberbullying|
Defines cyberbullying as any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully and requires school districts to adopt policy prohibiting cyberbullying as part of their harassment, intimidation and bullying policies.
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Bullying Through Electronic Communications|
Includes electronic communication in definition of public school harassment, intimidation or bullying; defines electronic communication to mean a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, cellular p...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Criminal Threatening|
Adds criminal threatening to the definition of an act of theft, destruction, or violence within the safe school zones statute.
|KS||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Bullying Prevention and Character Education|
S.B. 68 (Section 4)
Defines "bullying." Directs each local board, by January 2008, to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying on school property, in a school vehicle or at a school-
sponsored activity or event. Also directs each local board to adopt a plan to address bullying; requir...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Prohibiting Electronic Bullying|
Requires locally adopted anti-bullying policies to address bullying in all forms, including electronic forms and forms involving Internet use.
|DE||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Bullying Prevention Act|
Creates the School Bullying Prevention Act. The goals of this Act is to provide a safer learning environment for students attending public schools, including charter schools, in the State of Delaware and for the staff members of those institutions. This Bill r...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Cyber Bulling|
Provides that, by August 1, 2008, each school district shall amend its harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy to include a section addressing acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation that are conducted via electronic means by a student ...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Behavior Modification Plans for Disruptive Students|
Behavior modification plans written for disruptive students must be developed by utilizing evidence-based practices and positive behavioral intervention supports. Plans must be implemented no later than two weeks after the occurrence of the disruptive behavior...
|IA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Anti-Harassment and Anti-Bullying Policies|
Relates to the establishment of state and school antiharassment and antibullying policies, Creates specifi protections for sexual orientation. Requires districts to amend local policies, including data tracking; provides for criminal and civil immunity to thos...
|AR||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Safety/Student Discipline--Bullying|
Defines bullying and to include cyberbullying in public school district antibullying policies.
|OH||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Harassment, Bullying|
H.B. 276 -- Sections on Harassment
Requires the state board of education to develop a model policy to prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying in order to assist school districts in developing their own policies under section 3313.666 of the Revised Code. The board is required to issue th...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2006||P-12||Survey of Student Drug, Alcohol Use and Bullying|
Amends existing law that requires the Attorney General to conduct a biennial survey of drug and alcohol use among pupils enrolled in grades 7, 9, and 11 to provide the survey shall also assess pupils' experiences with harassment and bullying. Requires the Atto...
|UT||Adopted 09/2006||P-12||Anti-Bullying Provisions|
Provides definition of bullying, updates authority and purpose, provides for bullying language in district and school plans section, and removes outdated language. http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bulletin/2006/20060701/28810.htm...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Bullying Prevention|
Defines "bullying prevention" as instruction in all of the following:
(2) Student victimization.
(3) Sexual harassment.
(4) Sexual violence.
(5) Strategies for student-centered problem solving regarding bullying.
Provides that each school...
|SC||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||School Safety and Bullying|
Enacts the Safe Schools Act to prevent school harassment, intimidation, or bullying, to instruct local school districts to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying that includes certain things, and to develop a training process.
|CT||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||School Bullying Policies|
Concerns bullying policies in schools requires school notices be provided to parents and guardians with minimal cost to local and regional school districts. Public Act No. 115
|MO||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Anti-Bullying Policies|
Requires every school district to adopt an anti-bullying policy no later than September 1, 2007. Policies may not contain specific lists of protected classes of students. Policies must require district employees to report any instance of bullying of which the ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, Suicide, or Substance Abuse Prevention Training|
H.B. 867 - Section 27
Requires schools to annually submit the names of organizations and individuals who have provided effective hazing, harassment, bullying, suicide, or substance abuse prevention training for staff or students, or both. Directs the commissioner to consult with t...
|AK||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Harassment, intimidation and bullying policy|
Requires that each school district shall adopt a policy that prohibits the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student by July 2007. Districts must share this policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers and school employees. Policy also req...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Anti-Bullying Policies|
Allows superintendents and principals suspend pupils for student harassment, intimidation or bullying. Authorizes local boards to adopt rules related to student harassment, intimidation and bullying, to be included in the district discipline code. Bars student...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Bullying|
Encourages concerned parents, individuals, and organizations to review and assist in the adoption of policies prohibiting bullying, harassment, and intimidation in public schools; requests the establishment of a definition for bullying and a system for reporti...
|NJ||Rule Adoption 08/2005||P-12||Programs To Support Student Development|
NJAC 6A:16-1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5 thru 5.8, 6.1 thru 6.3,7.1, 7.2 thru 7.10, 8 thru 11
Establishes and amends requirements for school district boards relating to development and implementation of school safety plans, cooperation with law enforcement on certain matters if they occur at school grounds and functions, development and implementation ...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Bullying|
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
Each school board shall adopt a written policy prohibiting intimidation and bullying of any student.
|FL||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12|
Enacts the Chad Meredith Act. Specifies conduct that constitutes hazing at high schools with grades 9-12. Creates new felony and misdemeanor offenses of hazing at such high schools. Requires court to impose condition of 4-hour hazing education course and autho...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Conflict Resolution Reporting|
Amends Tennessee code annotated, section 49-2-118. Present law requires the commissioner of education to randomly select five LEAs from each grand division and the LEAs must submit a report to the commissioner on or before November 1 of each year on the confli...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Bullying|
Adds a new section: Sec. 25.0341 and amends several other sections. Defines "bullying. Requires, on the request of a parent or other person with authority to act on behalf of a student who is a victim of bullying, the board or its designee to transfer the st...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Student Code of Conduct|
Defines unacceptable student behavior; as including, but not limited to, behavior that negatively affects a student's ability to perform academically or socially, such as: bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, which is when ...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Public schools as a safe and respectful learning environment;|
Requires the Department of Education to prescribe a policy for public schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment; prohibiting a school official from interfering with or preventing the disclosure of information concerning harassment or intimi...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Bullying|
Defines "bullying", and requires a school corporation to adopt rules to prohibit bullying. Allows the use of grants from the safe schools fund to provide education and training to school personnel concerning bullying, and requires the inclusion of anti-bullyin...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Bullying|
S.B. 1621/H.B. 2114
Requires each LEA to adopt a policy that prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying and to forward a copy of the policy to
the Commissioner of Education by January 1, 2006. School employees, volunteers, and students are encouraged to report incidents of h...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||School Antibullying Policies|
Amends antibullying policies. Expands prohibition of bullying to include any activity in school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, and at school sanctioned events. Requires local board policies against bullying to require that the person or persons who ...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||School Boards' Policies on Bullying|
Directs the state board to include bullying in its standards for school board policies on student conduct and requires school boards to include (i) instruction on the inappropriateness of bullying in their character education programs and (ii) bullying provisi...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Immunity for School Employees Reporting Bullying|
Establishes immunity from civil damages for any school employee, student, or school volunteer who reports incidents of bullying, intimidation, and harassment. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?051+ful+CHAP0462...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Bullying Policies|
Relates to school district policies on bullying; requires school districts to notify the parents or legal guardians of the district's policies on bullying; requires that a report of any bullying incidents be made by telephone and by a written report sent by ma...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||School District Student Misbehavior|
Defines bullying: Bullying" means any overt act or combination of acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which: (A) is repeated over time; (B) is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and (C) occurs...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Positive Behavioral Interventions|
Requires a county board of education and the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City to require elementary schools with a suspension rate over 18% of enrollment to implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Program or an alternative beha...
|VT||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Harassment in Schools|
Requires boards to adopt policies prohibiting harassment and hazing, including sexual harassment. The stated intent is to: the intent of the General Assembly to:
(1) clarify the definition of harassment;
(2) encourage education and training of teachers and s...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Hazing and Codes of Conduct|
Requires the Board of Education to include hazing in its guidelines and model policies for codes of student conduct; provides school boards to prohibit hazing in their codes of student conduct; school boards must cite in their standards for student conduct, th...
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2003||P-12||Harassment, Bullying|
H.B. 5919, S.B. 272
This act would require schools to adopt policies that prohibit harassment, intimidation and bullying by students at school. Defines harassment, intimidation and bullying. Requires districts to (a) Provide training on the school district's or public school aca...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||School Districts to Adopt Anti Bullying Policies|
Requires school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies; requires the policies to be filed with the Department of Education. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2274.pdf...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12|
Changes repealer from 2003 to 2007 on 1) the School Crisis Management Program, 2) the transfer of the industrial and adult short-term training programs to the State Board of Community Colleges, 3) the School Administrator Sabbatical Leave Program, 4) the secti...
|WV||Adopted 12/2002||P-12||Code of Conduct STATE ID: 126-99|
Title 126, Series 99
The purpose is to provide districts with a policy of student conduct that will ensure an orderly and safe environment that is conducive to learning. These regulations also require that public schools respond immediately and consistently to incidents of harassm...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2002||P-12||Conflict Resolution|
Provides that only a school board that adopts a policy to incorporate activities to address intergroup conflict must make information available to the public that describes the manner in which the board has implemented the authority granted to it; declares tha...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Bullying and Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance|
Requires local and regional boards to establish policies addressing bullying in the schools. Policies must include components set out in legislation, including a system enabling students to anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrat...
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Harassment & Bullying Policies|
Requires school districts to adopt harassment and bullying prevention policies....
|OK||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||School Bullying Prevention Act|
The purpose of the School Bullying Prevention Act is to provide a comprehensive approach for the public schools of this state to create an environment free of unnecessary disruption which is conducive to the learning process by implementing policies for the pr...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Harassment, Bullying|
Relates to preventing harassment, intimidation, or bullying in schools; relates to the physical harm of a student or the students property; relates to false accusations; relates to students, school employees, or volunteers; provides that each school district s...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2001||P-12||Develop model policies on the prevention of bullying|
Requires the Department of Education to develop model policies on the prevention of bullying and on conflict resolution. Makes the model policies available to school districts. Authorizes school districts to adopt one or both policies for incorporation into th...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Harassment|
Requires superintendent of Public Instruction to develop model policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying on school grounds, at school activities, on school transportation or at school bus stops; requires each school district to adopt policy again...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Bullying prevention and education|
Requires school districts to include a specific policy concerning bullying prevention and education; requires school districts to submit annual reports to the State Board of Education regarding the district's policy on bullying prevention and education....
|WV||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation|
Specifies that counties must establish policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying by December 2001; requires the department of education to develop a model policy by September 2001....
|TN||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Conflict Resolution|
Expands from five schools to five LEAs in each grand division who are required to file report with commissioner of education on conflict resolution intervention programs. - Amends TCA Section 49-2-118....
|MS||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Conflict Resolution|
Directs the state board of education to develop conflict resolution and peer mediation models and curricula in the public schools....
|MS||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Establishes Comprehensive School Safety Act of 2001|
Creates the School Safety Act of 2001; establishes a school safety center to provide technical and crisis assistance to school districts; authorizes school safety grants to local school districts to finance certain programs; establishes a school crisis managem...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2000||P-12||Bullying Grant Program|
Establishes the Bullying Prevention Grant Program for Grades 5 and 6. Provides that schools maintaining grades 5 and 6 would be authorized to apply to the State Department of Education for a grant of a specified amount to implement a 2-year program. Requires t...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Conflict Resolution Program|
Encourages local education agencies to extend conflict resolution intervention program implemented in grades 1 and 2 to grades 3 through 6, and to file annual progress report with Governor and Education Committees of the House and Senate....
|ME||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Conflict Resolution Programs|
(LD 1305)Creates a grant program within the Department of Education to encourage conflict resolution education programs in public elementary and secondary schools; allows peer mediation programs and may be directed at students and teachers, administrators and ...