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U.S. Deptartment of Education Speaks Out on Bullying

Nov 29, 2010 As the holiday season kicks into high gear, some parents may wish for their children to receive the gift of not being bullied at school. A letter from U. S. Department of Education (ED) addresses bullying & students' civil rights. Russlynn Ali, ED Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, advised schools, colleges and universities in a recent letter that bullying may violate students' civil rights. The “Dear Colleague” letter outlines the legal obligations that school staff has to protect students from peer harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability. The letter provided details on how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ADA, and other federal laws prohibit discrimination.
Please read the letter at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html.

Parents, educators and students may also visit http://www.bullyinginfo.org, a website hub of federal information on bullying. To learn more about the website and the continuing efforts of the ED to fight bullying, please visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-continues-work-after-first-ever-federal-summit-bullying. Children and teens may also visit Stop Bullying Now at http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids and Pacer Center’s “Kids Against Bullying” at http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/.

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