Christie, Lawmakers Agree to Fix Anti-Bullying Law
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey lawmakers have agreed to fix the state's anti-bullying law. The law was struck down in January when a state panel found it was a financial burden to school districts.
The revised proposal will reimburse districts for money they spend on training and staff to implement the law.
Christie says $1 million in grants will be made available to public schools this year. Districts can apply for the money after exhausting free training materials.
The state's Council on Local Mandates invalidated the law based on a challenge by a 427-student district in Warren County.
Lawmakers sped the law's passage after the high-profile suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. The 18-year-old's roommate allegedly used a webcam allegedly to spy on Clementi's intimate encounter with another man.