N.J. Anti-Bullying Law Deemed Unconstitutional

TRENTON, N.J. — A state council ruled Jan. 27 that New Jersey’s anti-bullying law is unconstitutional because it requires schools to spend money on training and personnel without providing funds to cover the costs.

The state can change the law or provide funding to comply with the Council on Local Mandates’ ruling, Asbury Park Press reports. The ruling will take effect in late March.

The law requires principals to assign a staff member to serve as an anti-bullying specialist. It also establishes a “Bullying Prevention Fund” through which the state can provide grants; however, no funding was provided this year.

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