After a run of notorious episodes in which students were subjected to physical or online harassment, lawmakers around the country are implementing new anti-bullying policies aimed at disciplining perpetrators, requiring school officials to report incidents and training teachers in anti-bullying techniques. But advocates worry that funding for the initiatives is inadequate, and some school officials are complaining that the new laws amount to unfunded mandates. Meanwhile, federal funding for anti-bullying initiatives has largely dried up, putting additional pressure on school districts. The Department of Education has awarded $38.8 million in grants to 11 states to address a variety of school problems, including bullying. Some school districts are turning to private funding sources, such as the Highmark Foundation, which is helping a number of Pennsylvania schools implement the nationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles