Poll: Will Anti-Bullying Changes Be Enough, Positive?

Christie proposed changes to the law, ruled unconstitutional by a state panel in January.

Gov. Chris Christie has proposed changes to the state's anti-bullying law, and districts would compete for as much as $1 million in aid if they are implemented.

According to a report by NJ.com, a seven-member task force would be created to establish the guidelines in implementing the changes. This comes after a the . The ruling is expected to take effect at the end of this month.

That law caused many school officials to say it was unnecessarily complex and districts can accomplish the same mission with less paperwork. After the ruling, the executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association said the association would welcome the opportunity to work with the state to design a process that has adequate state financial support and doesn't divert resources from other critical programs.

The new law, expected to be introduced today, comes in response.

Christie has said he believes it will need some work, with changes coming in response to reports from districts regarding their encounters.

With more information to come, we want to know what you think. What are your expectations based on the original law and what has been discussed about these new changes? Let us know in our poll, and tell us what you think in our comments section below.

NOTE: This poll appears on multiple Patch sites in Morris, Somerset nd Sussex counties. All comments may not be from residents of your town.

John Di Marco March 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
While the incident you describe is both sad and tragic, the better remedy would be to teach kids how to deal with harrassment. Similar actions have been known to occur because of a failed test, a broken relationship, and other situations. We, as parents and educators, need to stop coddling our kids and better prepare them for the rigors of real life.
Chuck Ruff March 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
So based on your logic, if a staff member of mine complained that she was being sexually harassed, the correct course of action is to tell her she just needs to learn how to deal with it???
Madison Cyclist March 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
hookerman - what if your staff member complained she was being sexually harassed because you were reading the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue during your lunch break?
Chuck Ruff March 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
You're getting hung up on the technical definition of sexual harassment, and missing the bigger point. If we teach our kids that they should just deal with being bullied, then we are teaching them (and the kid who is doing the bullying) that there is no consequences to harassing behavior. This is not the way it works in the 'real world'.
John Di Marco March 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM
As a parent, I teach my kids the proper way to treat everyone. In business, it is important for people to get along to achieve productivity and usually have policies to deal with any issue that may arise. However, each of us will interact with many, many people in all kinds of situations. We cannot run to the police, or a parent, or a boss to resolve all the problems we may encounter in life. It is necessary for our kids to build the fortitude needed to deal with the hurdles they will inevitably face.


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