Date Approved

5-1-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Elementary School Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Molinari, Louis

Subject(s)

Bullying in schools--New Jersey; Educational law and legislation--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover the anti-bullying laws set by New Jersey legislatures. It was also to discover whether school districts in the five southern-most counties of New Jersey are following these laws. Finally, this study attempted to discover which, if any, anti-bullying services are being utilized by school districts in these counties.

This study consisted of a survey which was sent to the 110 superintendents in school districts in the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The survey contained multiple choice, yes/no, and open-ended questions. The goal of the survey was to find the percentages of schools which have the needed elements in their anti-bullying policies and the percentage of districts which utilize anti-bullying services offered in New Jersey.

This study concluded that school districts in the five southern-most counties of New Jersey have anti-bullying policies. However, these anti-bullying polices do not fully follow the anti-bullying laws of New Jersey. Finally, this study found that many school districts are not utilizing the anti-bullying services available.

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