Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies

Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies (2011) reviews states’ bullying laws and model bullying policies and school districts’ bullying policies. The report uses the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance document, “Anti-Bullying Policies: Examples of Provisions in State Laws,” as an organizing framework for the review.

Key findings include: As of April 2011, 46 states had bullying laws, 45 of which directed school districts to adopt bullying policies. Forty-one states had model bullying policies. Thirty-six states included provisions in their education codes prohibiting cyberbullying or bullying using electronic media. Thirteen states specified that schools have jurisdiction over off-campus behavior if it creates a hostile school environment.