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 state Council on Local Mandates in January found the initial law, which went into effect in September, unconstitutional. 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.
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