Bullying policies in Baltimore County and elsewhere
My story today takes a look at a bullying policy coming before the Baltimore County school board Tuesday.
But really, this could have been about any school board in Maryland, considering the state law that requires every district to develop and adopt such a policy. School officials in the city, Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties are in the midst of this process, which must be completed by July 1 (and submitted to the state superintendent).
In talking to some of my sources, I was struck by the fact that most everyone already has a policy like this - even if it's not in the exact words or format recommended by the state. In fact, the state Department of Education worked with local districts in creating its model policy.
A uniform stance on an issue can certainly be a good thing - particularly when it comes to the persistent, even timeless, problem of bullying. But I did wonder what people on the ground think about this. Will it make a difference in how educators handle harassment or intimidation among their students?