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Dignity Now: The Campaign to Stop Bullying and Bias-Based Harassment in New York City Schools
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU),
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, New York City Bar Association
Year Published: 2009
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
In this white paper, the authors first provide a summary and legal analysis of existing federal, New York state, and New York City laws that provide some degree of protection against bullying and harassment for students. Then, they tell the story of the Dignity in All Schools Act (DASA), which requires school officials to record and track harassment incidents and provide regular training to teachers, administrators, and school staff on how to prevent and respond to harassment. DASA was enacted by the City Council in 2004, but was vetoed by the mayor. Despite the Council’s override of the veto, the administration has failed to fully implement and enforce the DASA’s requirements. Finally, the authors analyze the recent Chancellor’s Regulation A-832, also aimed at preventing bullying and harassment, and conclude that it falls short of fully protecting New York City’s youth. Throughout the report are firsthand accounts of students that demonstrate the consequences of bullying and harassment in school.
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), 125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004; Telephone: (212) 607-3300, Fax: (212) 607-3318, or 212-607-3329, Website: http://www.nyclu.org/publications/report-dignity-now-campaign-stop-bullying-and-bias-based-harassment-new-york-city-schoo