New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), called The Safe Schools Improvement Act, that if passed, will prohibit bullying based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.” The legislation would grant schools funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create policies that address these concerns.
Under the bill, districts would be required to provide annual notice of this policy to students, parents and educators. Additionally, districts would have to publicly report the frequency of bullying incidents. The bill would further authorize the Department of Education to collect data from states which will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs in elementary and secondary schools every two years.
For more on the proposed legislation, read this blog post on The Hill.