Ripon Advance: Anti-bullying measure from Curbelo targets policies that foster safer schools

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Washington, D.C., April 11, 2017 | comments
School districts would be required to develop policies to prevent and prohibit various types of bullying under bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) on Thursday.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act, which Curbelo introduced with U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and 11 bipartisan members of Congress, would require school districts to develop policies to prevent bullying based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender identity or religious beliefs.

“As a former school board member and the father of two young children in public school, it’s of great importance to me that schools across the country are a safe place where students can learn and thrive without being subject to bullying or harassment,” Curbelo said.

“We need to support policies that promote healthy learning environments and empower students to succeed, while also reducing the risk of avoidable tragedies that can cause incredible pain for families and communities,” he added.

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