Bullying Letter

In a 10-page letter to schools, colleges and universities, Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education (ED), advised that bullying may violate students’ civil rights. The letter outlined the legal obligations that school staff has to protect students from peer harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability. Secretary Ali reminded schools that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination based on disability status. In August of this year, the Obama Administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit and launched the Stop Bulling Now campaign, a national database of effective anti-bullying programs (see: www.bullyinginfo.org).  To read a copy of the letter, go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html

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