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Kansas State Board of Education approves anti-bullying measures, but backs off requiring statewide program

December 15, 2010, 4:10 p.m. Updated December 15, 2010, 5:49 p.m.

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Opera on bullying

An all-girl opera about bullying will be shown next month at the Lawrence Arts Center.

“One False Move” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the center, 940 N.H.

The production is being brought by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in partnership with GaDuGi SafeCenter, Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Lawrence Arts Center.

After each show, there will be a discussion about the issues in the opera.

For ticket information call the Lawrence Arts Center at 843-2787 or go to www.lawrenceartscenter.org. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for youth and $8.00 per person for groups of 10 or more.

The program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

— The State Board of Education on Wednesday backed off mandating a statewide anti-bullying program in schools.

But the board did approve several measures that members said they hoped would help increase awareness about bullying and combat the problem.

"It's a very serious problem, but school districts are working hard," to prevent bullying, said Janet Waugh, a Democrat from Kansas City who is chairwoman of the board.

In approving the measures, the board rejected the idea of requiring that school districts implement a specific anti-bullying program or curriculum that would be used statewide.

Currently, school districts must have an anti-bullying program but can pick from a variety of such programs.

Most members of the Education Board said it was better to allow school districts to pick a program that fit their needs.

The board approved:

-- Asking for a resolution from the governor or Legislature to designate a week in October as bullying awareness week.

-- Issuing a board statement about the serious impacts of bullying.

-- Developing model character developments standards that school officials can use, which will include information on bullying.

The issue was brought to the forefront by Board Member Walt Chappell, D-Wichita, who said incidents of violence and disruption at schools were increasing.

Chappell acknowledged schools were working on the problem but said there were exceptions. "The bottom line, I think for all of us, are the ones who fall through the cracks," he said.

He said school officials cannot ignore bullying and must be held accountable.

Comments

pace 4 years ago

So the state board aren't actually taking a stand here.

DrRustinMcGillicuddy 4 years ago

What a joke; if this is "a very serious problem", then why don't you make an effort to do something about it instead of prancing around the issue? Small town politics dictate how most of these schools are ran, and the good ol' boys that grew up in these towns do whatever they want without retribution. It's pathetic and sickening, and the board's refusal to acknowledge this glaring problem is inexcusable. No school officials are ever held accountable!

RKLOG 4 years ago

I don't get it. With this attitude it seems like they don't think bullying is that serious at all.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

What you all fail to grasp is that bullying in schools is just preparing students for life in the real, dog-eat-dog world. Our future captains of business and industry need to learn how to cow their subordinates, without being contaminated by silly things like compassion or a sense of fairness. And the future drones need to learn to just suck it up, and silently accept whatever fate has thrown them.

All you whiny liberals obviously didn't get enough bullying when you were kids.

Shardwurm 4 years ago

Should be zero tolerance. More kids get hurt every year (both psychologically and physically) by bullying than by guns.

You bully other people? Go home. See you next year and you can try again. With online schooling available there should be no room for this thuggery.

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