NJ Spotlight: Anti-Bullying Law Has Run Out of Money

In an effort to find the mandated program, schools districts have been awarded some grant money—but not much.

A new article on NJ Spotlight.com says New Jersey’s controversial Anti-Bullying Law has run out of money.

The ground-breaking law, considered one of the toughest in the country for its strict rules to investigate and closely track accusations of bullying, has drawn criticism this year for being an  

Though $1 million was awarded last week to more than 370 districts, the grants were essentially a fifth of what each district requested, according to the article.

Still, the state specialists in the state Department of Education to help conduct staff training, and a spokesman did not rule out the possibility that additional funds would be awarded in the future.

“We are working to identify resources available to districts and schools to support their work in implementing the law,” said Justin Barra, the department’s communications director.

He said the new task force, made up of members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, would have its first meeting on July 26.

To read more on this story, click on NJ Spotlight.com.

Tyler D July 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
This law will do nothing to help with bullying. Only local community effort and commitment can really address the issue.
South Westfielder July 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
@Tyler - I go further - Only the parents can stop bullying by punishing their kids who bully, modeling the appropriate behavior. For those who are bullied - give them the resources and the coping skills to deal with it and not let it tear them down.
Maureen Hourigan July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
The last thing needed to solve any of our social problems is more legislation and spending of taxpayer(a dwindling breed) money. The government has proven that it is not capable and should not be in the business of controlling and treating social problems. Individual communities MUST start dealing with their own problems.
firedup49 August 05, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Agree 100%....We do not need a big intrusive government, communities can deal with it


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