Anti-bullying bills before Texas legislators
POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 10:32am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 1:15pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas legislators will consider proposals
to better define bullying in schools as students face being
targeted on campus and online.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday that at least
seven bills related to bullying have been filed for the legislative
session that opens next month in Austin.
Lawmakers have until March 11 to file bills.
Current Texas law says schools must prohibit bullying in their
student code of conduct. Critics say more needs to be done.
Chuck Smith with Equality Texas, which focuses on gay, lesbian
and transgender issues, says his group is pursuing anti-bullying
measures as a child welfare issue.
Two bills would require districts to report annually how many
bullying incidents they faced, including how many were based on
race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
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