LINCOLN-(KFOR Oct. 7)-In recognition of Anti-Bullying Prevention month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska published a new report: A Report Card on Nebraska’s Anti Bullying Law.
The report describes the national and Nebraska landscape on anti-bullying legislation and provides an analysis of the best practices Nebraska leaders can follow to protect students’ rights. The release builds on the ACLU of Nebraska’s recent work to strengthen educational equity in school enrollment, for pregnant and parenting students, in school police programs, and for LGBT students.
Rose Godinez, Legal and Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Nebraska, says even though there are already laws and policies on bullying, many Nebraska students are still reporting bullying due to their race, sexual orientation, and other discriminatory reasons.
“Students are entitled to an education that is free from harassment and bullying and public schools have an obligation to address any reported harassment or bullying,” said Goginez. “It’s time Nebraska leaders review and update our statewide anti-bullying laws and adopt best practices to ensure our schools are welcoming and accessible to all Nebraska students.”
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