Anti-bullying bill gains preliminary approval in the House

A school anti-bullying measure was advanced by the House on Wednesday. Final action on HB 2758 is expected Thursday.

The legislation would would require school districts to post bullying prevention plans on their website, share copies with students and file with the State Board of Education.

Although bullying prevention policies have been required for more than a decade, proponents said students and parents still face barriers knowing how to report issues and having schools respond, which they say contributes to mental health issues and suicide.

KASB testified as neutral on the bill, saying the additional requirements would not be difficult for most schools to implement, but schools were struggling to address major social trends affecting student behavior, mental health and family support.

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