NJ Board Finds Bullying Law an Unfunded Mandate
New Jersey’s Council on Local Mandates says the state’s tough new anti-school bullying law is an unfunded mandate and needs to be fixed.
The council made its ruling Friday in a 7-2 decision.
The ruling is to take effect in March when the council issues a formal order.
It came in response to a complaint from the Board of Education in Allamuchy Township that training educators on the law would cost the district $6,000.
The council said Friday in oral remarks reported by The Star-Ledger that it will be up to lawmakers to make changes.
The chairman of Garden State Equality, a gay rights group that pushed for the anti-bullying law, says fixing it might not require the state to provide funding to school districts to implement the law.
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