In an effort to find what does and does not work when it comes to combating bullying in schools, the U.S. Department of Education is in the process of setting up a study on state bullying laws.
The study, which will be conducted by the DOE’s Policy and Program Studies Service (PPSS), will analyze case studies conducted in 24 different school sites around the country to document how state and local laws and policies are being implemented at the local level. The results of the PPSS’ research will help the DOE better support bullying prevention programs nationally.
Earlier this month, the DOE’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools along with NAPT unveiled two new training modules to help the nation’s school bus drivers respond to and prevent bullying on board the yellow vehicles.
Regarding the study of current state policies on school bullying, the DOE announced a request for comments on five key issues:
- Whether this collection is necessary to the proper functions of U. S. DOE
- Whether the information will be processed and used in a timely manner
- Whether the estimate of burden is accurate
- How U.S. ED might enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected
- How U.S. ED might minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.
Public comment on these issues can be submitted via email or U.S. Post to:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ
Washington, DC 20202–4537
All comments are due by Aug. 1, 2011.