Despite Support, Prospects are Slim for Federal Bullying Law

October 12, 2011

Despite the high profile of bullying over the past two years — including a White House summit to discuss the issue — prospects for a federal bullying law are dim, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

"It's not for a lack of proposals. At least six bills have been introduced in Congress this year that would boost the federal government's role in bullying prevention. They range from allowing a grant to be used for anti-bullying efforts to enacting federal protections for gay and lesbian students.

"But none of those six have had a committee hearing or a vote.

"Supporters of some of those bills say they're working behind the scenes to have their language added to whatever replaces the federal No Child Left Behind education law. They include Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who is sponsoring one of those proposals, called the Student Non-Discrimination Act."

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