25 Mar Support Illinois State Bill HB 5290: The Bullying Prevention Policy
On behalf of the Prevent School Violence Illinois (PSVI) Coalition of which ICAH is a member, we are supporting HB 5290 – Bullying Prevention Policy. This piece of legislation was introduced in the Illinois House Chamber earlier this month. When the bill is to come to a committee for a vote, before it can go to the Illinois House Chamber, we will reach out to you all to ask you to reach out to State Legislators to vote in favor of this bill. To find your State legislators, link HERE.
HB 5290 is not a new mandate; rather, it clarifies and strengthens an existing mandate that, since 2007 has required schools to have bullying prevention policies. Currently, Illinois law does not provide schools with any guidance about how their bullying prevention policies can most effectively prevent and address bullying. HB 5290 incorporates the recommendations of the Illinois School Bullying Prevention Task Force, created by law in 2010, to provide this guidance. This bill was introduced in the Illinois House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy on February 8, 2012.
Research shows that students who attend schools that have bullying policies feel safer, which results in better attendance. Better attendance, in turn, leads to better social, emotional and academic outcomes.
Please support HB 5290!
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