The Anti-Bullying Bill Is Dead

Iowa-State-Capitol-December-2014I wanted to share some good news.  It appears that the anti-bullying bill is dead.  Here are 12 reasons why we opposed this bill and consider its death good news.

  1. No apparent request from school districts or parents to compel this legislation
  2. Expands school authority and responsibility outside of school
  3. Exposes school employees to liability
  4. Causes an extra burden to school districts–an unfunded mandate
  5. Expands bureaucracy at state and local levels
  6. Takes away parental authority
  7. Potentially takes away authority of law enforcement
  8. Allows referral to outside agencies without parental consent
  9. Limits local control and centralizes anti-bullying efforts, reducing community and family influence
  10. Potentially violates families’ and students’ privacy rights and 1st Amendment rights
  11. May replicate or diminish effective current anti-bullying programs
  12. Puts more requirements on all schools currently struggling to keep up with academic requirements

The Gazette reports:

Senate Democrats this year passed the proposal twice, once as a bill on its own and also in a catchall standing appropriations bill.

House Republicans did not advance the stand-alone bill, and multiple legislators confirmed Thursday night that the anti-bullying language was not included in the final compromise version of the standings bill.

 

We have to be diligent however as I’m sure we’ll see this bill crop up again next year.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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