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Education Board Considers Mandatory State-Wide Bullying Policy

Posted June 30, 2004

— Bullying in school is becoming such a prevalent issue that the state is taking action.

Many local districts have been adopting more aggressive policies to deal with it. Now, the state Board of Education is getting into the act.

Board members are considering a mandatory state-wide bullying policy.

"We believe it's important for the state to set the bar and to lay out clearly our expectations," Board Chairman Howard Lee said.

If the policy passes, all school districts would be required to send a representative through a state-run anti-harrassment session. It also would strengthen record-keeping for all bullying instances across the state.

When asked if putting a policy on paper really prevents bullying, Lee responded: "No, absolutely not.

"But, he said, "by putting out a uniform message, the people can understand what our expectations are."

The State Board of Education may vote on the new policy when it meets Thursday.

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