Bill Information Edit
Senate Bill 228
Title: AN ACT relating to education
Sponsor: Danny Carroll
Date Introduced: February 24, 2016
Final Resolution: Passed April 9, 2016
What Does It Do? Edit
Requires schools to define bullying and to implement a code of acceptable behavior to prohibit bullying in schools.
The bullying code will contain the type of behavior expected from each student, the consequences of failure to obey the standards, and the importance of the standards to the maintenance of a safe learning environment where orderly learning is possible and encouraged.
The code will require reporting of bullying incidents and bullying code violations.
What Are the Politics? Edit
Promotes safe bullying free environment within the educational system
The stricter the enforcement of the bullying code the more likely bullies will be held accountable and targeted students will feel safe and fairly treated
The non-discriminatory amendment could limit certain groups from additional bullying
The gender-neutral language instituted in bullying behavior could be preliminary steps to eliminating gender discriminatory language and acts
Gender-Neutral language pertaining to bullying could be a vague clause. What constitutes certain language to be gender-neutral, and how is it implemented effectively into acceptable bullying behavior?
May require more procedures to efficiently manage and enforce the bullying code
Major Changes During Process Edit
Amendment to SB 275 inserts gender-neutral language as an addition to the code of acceptable bullying behavior.