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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - PS III GAO Report #bully
The federal Government Accountability Office issued a report in June of 2012 pertaining to school bullying. The title of the report is "SCHOOL BULLYING: Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed." This relates to the current hot button issue in special education law although bullying affects more than just special education students. The GAO reviewed research on the prevalence and effects on victims; and analyzed state bullying laws, and school district bullying policies.
After looking into the school bullying problem, the GAO made several recommendations. The recommendations included: that the Department of Education compile information about state civil rights laws and procedures that relate to bullying, and inform complainants about state legal options; that the Departments of Education, HHS, and Justice develop information about bullied demographic groups in their surveys; and assess whether legal protections are adequate for these groups. Here is a summary of the GAO report.
You can read the entire 64 page GAO report here.