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Illinois bill requires schools to develop anti-bullying measures

10:47 AM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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Edwardsville, Ill (KSDK) -- The Madison County State's Attorney is working with several law makers and the regional superintendent to promote an anti-bullying bill.

House Bill 5290 requires all Illinois schools to develop new anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying measures to be implemented by the fall 2013. Under the new bill, the Illinois State Board of Education would develop a model for anti-bullying policies that individual school districts and schools could then adapt and adopt. Schools would also be required to periodically update anti-bullying policies and to collect data about bullying incidents.

Regional Superintendent of Schools Robert Daiber said the proposed legislation reflects the need to review and revise anti-bullying policies as new situations and circumstances arise.

Madison County Attorney Tom Gibbons said he believes the law would encourage more schools to go beyond the minimum requirement of the existing law and develop comprehensive anti-bullying policies and treat the cause and symptoms of the problem.

KSDK

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