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New Bullying Legislation Holds Teachers Accountable

March 29, 20130 Comments

592163_chalkBullying is a serious problem, but who is really at fault? A new bill working through the Wisconsin legislature suggests teachers may not be at fault, but should be held accountable for this behavior.

Bullying bill would create fines for teachers

Teachers and other school district employees would face $200 fines if they fail to report bullying incidents under a bill being circulated by a Republican lawmaker.

But some school advocates worry the bill would have unintended consequences.

“I think it creates incentives in the wrong directions,” said Dan Rossmiller, director of government relations for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

He said he fears the proposal could lead to teachers over-identifying student behavior as bullying due to fears of being penalized, or districts narrowing the definition of bullying in an effort to avoid exhausting school resources on a flood of bullying investigations.

But the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, said parents have told him they talked to teachers about bullying problems but “nothing was ever done.”

He added that another measure, which became law in May 2010, already requires school boards to develop policies about bullying in their schools, including defining bullying and establishing reporting procedures, but that law doesn’t include penalties for those who fail to report the behavior.

“I thought maybe we need to put more incentive into somebody following through,” Bies said.

Read more at the Marshield News Herald.

New Bullying Legislation Holds Teachers Accountable

Article: New Bullying Legislation Holds Teachers Accountable

Author: Mary Spicuzza

Source: The Marshfield News Herald

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