Earlier this month, the Assembly passed the Dignity for All Students Act A-3661-C (O'Donnell)/ S-1987-B (Duane).
The bill would authorize the Commissioner of Education to establish policies affording all public school students an environment free of harassment.
The measure recently passed Senate Education Committee for the first time, and now awaits action by the full Senate.
Learn more about anti-bullying and the Dignity for All Students Act
'Dignity for All Students Act' would prohibit harassment. Calling for state lawmakers to stop delaying action, NYSUT is urgently pushing for enactment of the Dignity for All Students Act. It would require schools to develop clear anti-harassment policies, report incidents, provide staff training and promote respect for diversity. May 2009.
VIDEO: ECB conference examines bullying in schools. The New York State Educational Conference Board held its fourth annual policy conference this December. This year's theme was "21st Century Bullying and its Implications on Schools," offering information and solutions to help school districts create a safer learning environment for all. School officials, parents and education organizations convened to discuss and share preventative measures and successful programming to end bullying in schools. Dec. 2009.
How to set up school-based strategies to protect children from harassment in a digital age. A major concern in today's bullying arena, cyberbullying means harming someone through the use of instant messaging, chat rooms, polling sites, text messages, blogs, e-mails, virtual worlds and social networks. Jan. 2010.