Senator Schiavoni Proposes Grant Program For Bullying Prevention
Funding targeted at helping Middle School age children
October 21, 2014
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Columbus – Today Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 373 to create the School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program.  The bill’s introduction coincides with October being Bullying Awareness Month.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see the harmful of effects of bullying in schools in my district and throughout the state,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “After talking to students, parents, and school administrators it is clear that this is a problem we need to take seriously. The goal is to prevent these incidents from occurring and I want to ensure that school districts have the flexibility to decide how they want to enhance their existing programming.”

The legislation creates a grant program that would offer one time funding to school districts based on the size of their student population. The State Board of Education would oversee the program and application process. The funding is to be used specifically at middle schools, a time when intervention, education, and awareness is crucial for students.

“I’ve worked to address this issue in previous legislation but this new bill helps school districts with the financial resources they need to provide the type of programming that will make a lasting impact,” said Senator Schiavoni. “We have nearly $1.5 billion sitting in the Rainy Day Fund and the $1.85 million that would be dedicated to this program is a worthwhile and reasonable investment.”

Senator Schiavoni’s previous legislation on the topic includes the dedication of a week in October as Non-Violence week and a bill titled the Jessica Logan Act which added cyber-bullying to the definition of school anti-bullying policies. 

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