Bullying in New York City Schools: Educators Speak Out

The Sikh Coalition,
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF),
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
Year Published: 2011
Paper/Research Report
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 established a procedure for preventing and addressing student-to-student bias-based harassment in New York City public schools. An evaluation of the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) implementation of Regulation A-832 found that the new regulation was not being fully implemented in many city schools. Consequently, the DOE and City Council Speaker announced several important improvements to anti-bullying measures in the city schools, including expansion of the “Respect for All” diversity training program. During the 2009-2010 school year, the present authors surveyed approximately 200 teachers and other school staff members from 117 New York City schools to gather anecdotal input on the DOE’s progress in implementing its anti-bullying measures. This report summarizes their findings and provides an assessment of Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 in its second year. Their goal is to provide a roadmap for improving compliance with Regulation and A-832 and expanding Respect for All programming, as well as to encourage DOE to come into compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act, a new state law.

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