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N.J. Anti-Bullying Plan Falls Short for Schools

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School districts and charter schools in New Jersey will receive only 20 percent of what they requested to implement the state's new anti-bullying law, leaving the state open to another legal challenge.

They had asked for almost $5 million in reimbursement for the cost of carrying out the law in the 2011-12 school year, data provided by the state education department show.

Statewide, 371 school districts and charter schools applied for reimbursement, slightly more than half the total in the state.

Reimbursements ranged from $100 to $11,185.

The state Council on Local Mandates ruled in January that the anti-bullying law was unconstitutional because New Jersey did not provide any money to implement it.

In March, Gov. Chris Christie said the state would provide $1 million so the law would remain valid. But even then, a survey found that districts would likely need much more, mostly for training and personnel.

Vol. 31, Issue 36, Page 4

Published in Print: July 18, 2012, as N.J. Anti-Bullying Plan Falls Short for Schools
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