New bullying bill aimed at NJ teachers announced

TRENTON - State Sen. Diane Allen (R-7th District) has announced a bill that would make it easier to decertify teachers who bully their students by speeding up the process.

Allen says the bill she's sponsoring would put a six-week maximum on a process she says can take years. It would apply to all teachers regardless of tenure and punish employees who learn of bullying and do nothing to stop it.

The bill comes as a response to several recent cases in New Jersey where teachers were verbally abusive to students.

The New Jersey Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union is not in favor of the newly proposed legislation. They sent the following statement to News 12 New Jersey:

"Everyone agrees [that] bullying is unacceptable ... and that it should be dealt with immediately. But Sen. Allen's proposal is unnecessary, because under current law, any teacher accused of bullying (or other conduct unbecoming a teacher) can be immediately removed from the classroom while the charges are being investigated."

Allen hopes to have her bill through the Legislature fast enough to take effect in time for fall classes.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Investigators say Quadeer Nelson and Kevin McKenzie distributed 1 2 arrested for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana that sickened dozens
VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers 2 VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers
3 Police investigating overnight shooting in Paterson
Manta rays, dragons, octopuses and more littered the 4 Kite festival kicks off in Long Branch
5 Neighborhood Brief for April 23

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE