TRENTON – A state agency has struck down the “anti-bullying’’ law as an unfunded mandate.
The school district in Allamuchy fought the law that was enacted last year on the basis of costs.
Following a hearing today the state’s Council on Local Mandates agreed that the law imposed costs unjustly on the districts.
However, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood, who sponsored the bill, had rejected those complaints, saying the bill imposes no additional costs and agencies such as the state Bar Association Foundation offer free training.
“For the countless students subjected to bullying day in and day out, this decision is devastating,” she said in a release.
“My message to all of these students today is that we will not give up. We will work on their behalf to change the culture within our schools so that everyone can receive a ‘thorough and efficient’ education without being subjected to bullying, harassment and intimidation.”
She also criticized the Council as a “shadowy fourth branch of government” that voted behind closed doors.