Bullying Protection in NJ

In groundbreaking news, the NJ legislature adopted the most stringent anti-bullying law in the nation in November 2010 (signed into law by Governor Christie January 5, 2011) – the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.” The law was intended to go into effect at the beginning of the next school year, in September 2011.

On September 7, the Allamuchy Township Board of Education filed a complaint before the State of NJ Council on Local Mandates, contending that the new law contained unfunded mandates, which are prohibited under the NJ Constitution. Allamuchy subsequently was joined by several other school districts in its efforts before the Council on Local Mandates to overturn the law. In late January 2012, the Council issued a ruling concurring with the school districts that the law, indeed, did impose unfunded mandates upon school districts but granted the legislature 60 days to remedy the situation.

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