New York-(ENEWSPF)- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the GLSEN-led National Safe Schools Partnership today lauded the reintroduction of the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Rep. Linda Sanchez introduced a House bill with bipartisan support that addresses bullying and harassment for all students, including the categories of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. A Senate version of the bill (S. 403) was introduced with bipartisan support by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on February 28.
The Safe Schools Improvement Act is a zero-cost bill that would require schools to implement comprehensive anti-bullying policies that address bullying and harassment and ensure the safety and well-being of all students. No federal law or policy exists that requires schools to adopt policies to address bullying and harassment. Existing state laws vary greatly in their reach and effectiveness. [MORE]