On Sept. 1, a new anti-bullying law went into effect in New Jersey. The law, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, places new responsibilities on public schools including: the adoption of comprehensive anti-bullying policies, more staff training, designating an anti-bullying specialist for each school to investigate complaints, and an anti-bullying coordinator for each district.
In addition, the NJ Department of Education will be grading districts on their efforts and posting those grades on their website. Teachers who fail to comply with the law could lose their licenses. NJEA is developing a training that will be available to NJEA members. While that training is developed, NJEA has compiled some resources and information to help parents, teachers, and educational support professionals understand the new law.