California Legislators Are Fighting Back on School Bullying with Assembly Bill 2291

October 14, 2018
Posted on: October 14, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
Photo of a Child Being Bullied

California assembly member David Chiu took significant steps in bullying and harassment prevention for California schools in late August. Chiu passed new legislation through the Assembly, which is now pending approval by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2291 will require the California Department of Education (CDE) to create stricter guidelines for preventing bullying. The legislation will also spread awareness of online training courses to local educators.

Bullying is not a new problem, and it has always been a prevalent issue in schools. However, studies have suggested that bullying is actually getting worse. Families are finding more resources on awareness and are able to find their voice to report the abuse. Surveys have also shown that the most common reason a student is bullied will involve the student’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation. California school districts have lost an estimated $267 million annually due to bullying-related absences.

AB 2291 will specifically outline the guidelines that will be used to protect students before bullying can officially begin. There is currently no requirement to have proactive guidance to prevent cyberbullying or bullying in California schools. The new bill will assist both educators and parents to stop bullying before it occurs by giving them the appropriate tools they need in the classroom and at home.

AB 2291 also builds on a 2014 law (formerly AB 1993). This bill had ordered the CDE to make online training modules to understand the dynamics of bullying and cyberbullying. AB 2291 will make sure these modules are readily available to the public and distributed to school staff throughout California.

Our Los Angeles attorneys at Ramey Law P.C. help school abuse and bullying victims, and we can provide you and your family with a free confidential consultation for more information. Contact us today.