March 11, 2008

Maryland Considering School Bullying Ombuds

Maryland State Delegate, Anne R. Kaiser has introduced legislation to require local education officials to set policies on bullying. Among other things, House Bill 546 calls for a new statewide "school bullying ombudsman," who would, among other things, investigate unresolved complaints. Although the bill has received a positive hearing, the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee has not voted on the bill. The bill gives the Department of Education until January 1, 2009, to implement the program and define the qualifications required of the Ombuds. (Herald Mail; HB 546 Info.)

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