Bullying cartoon

Although I am not a fan of relying on the government to solve all society’s problems, I do believe that, because bullying has no place in our schools, it’s time for Congress to act.

Although some federal laws address particular kinds of harassment, there is no comprehensive law to address bullying and harassment. The Safe Schools Improvement Act (S. 403) would fill that troubling gap in federal education policy. S. 403 would ensure states, districts, and schools have policies to prevent and appropriately respond to bullying and harassment.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is supporting the passage of S. 403 and is making it simple for you to do the same. The bill is currently in committee and, according to www.govtrack.us, it has only a 2% chance of getting past committee and a 0% chance of being enacted. You can make a difference. Simply go the the AAUW website and enter your ZIP code. They’ll help you with the rest. And while you’re at it, read the association’s research report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School.

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