WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the White House’s endorsement of his bipartisan anti-bullying legislation:
“I am grateful that the White House today announced its endorsement of my bipartisan legislation, the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Bullying and harassment affect millions of students every year. Every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education in a safe environment, and this bill is a crucial step toward ensuring that no child is afraid to go to school for fear of bullying.”
Senator Casey introduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). The bill would require schools and districts receiving designated federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including conduct based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. The bill would ensure that schools and school districts implement effective prevention programs in order to better prevent and respond to incidences of bullying and harassment and would require that states report data on incidences of bullying and harassment to the Department of Education.