Friday, March 8, 2013
Today's the day to wear white—are you?
We are very impressed with the students at Watchung Hills Regional who organized this week's anti-bullying campaign, which culminates with today's effort to get as many as possible to wear white. The students have earned the support of not only all school officials in the four towns with students at Watchung Hills, but also all four municipalities. And, let's be honest: all of the towns are wearing white today...thanks to a storm that somehow didn't make it from Washington, D.C., to New Jersey in 24 hours. Coincidence? Perhaps. But did you remember to wear something white today to signify your support and particiption in the "Not in Our Town" project? Take our poll and tell us — and send a photo to help us create a montage of all the …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
After tasting success with film, Watchung Hills Regional students plan larger effort.
A group of Watchung Hills Regional students are hoping for a "white out" March 8, as a project aimed at drawing attention to their efforts against hate and bullying unfolds. The project grew out of the school's "Not in Our School" film project, which was broadcast on PBS stations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2012. The film featured students discussing their experiences and feelings about bullying and hatred, under the direction of teachers Mary Sok and Jamie Lott-Jones, which was honored with the Anti-Defamation League's 21st Century Democratic Heritage Award. The film was produced by The Working Group, of Oakland, Calif., which will be returning to record the students success with the larger, community-based project. Students Sarah …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Data on bullying and breakfasts show schools still have a lot to do to help students.
Two separate groups released last week seemingly unrelated reports, both with wide-ranging implications for education and students. One, put out by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, examined participation rates in school breakfast programs in New Jersey. The other, from the Department of Education, provided the first district counts of incidents of harassment and intimidation since the state's anti-bullying law took effect. The 2011-12 bullying statistics were included as part of the state's annual violence and vandalism report, and boosted the total number of reported incidents (weapons and drug and alcohol incidents are included as well) by more than 50 percent over 2010-11. Some of the results were surprising, and disturbing. …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Christie proposed changes to the law, ruled unconstitutional by a state panel in January.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie has proposed changes to the state's anti-bullying law, and districts would compete for as much as $1 million in aid if they are implemented. According to a report by NJ.com, a seven-member task force would be created to establish the guidelines in implementing the changes. This comes after a the state Council on Local Mandates in January found the initial law, which went into effect in September, unconstitutional. The ruling is expected to take effect at the end of this month. That law caused many school officials to say it was unnecessarily complex and districts can accomplish the same mission with less paperwork. After the ruling, the executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association said the association …