Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation today aimed at cracking down on bullying in Illinois schools.
Quinn will appear this morning at Skinner West Elementary School on the Near West Side to sign the bill, which sets standards for how school administrators across the state must deal with reports that students are getting bullied.
House Bill 5707 requires all public schools to create an anti-bullying policy that includes a definition of bullying, procedures for students to report bullying and for school officials to investigate those reports, procedures for notifying parents about bullying and actions to address it.
State Sen.Heather Steans, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a news release that she hopes it will improve kids' ability to learn.
“Schools must give more than lip service to protecting kids. Learning can’t take place in an environment where students are not taught and expected to treat one another with respect,” said Steans, D-Chicago. “Students need to know where to go for help when they are bullied, and they need assurance that adults at school will support them and work to resolve the issue.”
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