Dignity for All Students Act Takes Effect
ALBANY, NY (WENY) -- A new law in New York is designed to tackle the growing issue of bullying in schools.
The Dignity for All Students Act went into effect yesterday. It charges school districts with creating safe and supportive environments for students, free of discrimination, intimidation, taunting and harassment. Schools will now be required to report bullying to the State Education Department, and have "dignity coordinators" to respond to bullying concerns from students and parents.
The state legislature recently passed an amendment to the act to include cyberbullying; that provision takes effect in 2013.