Harkin Statement on Education Department’s New Anti-Bullying Guidance for Schools Around the Country
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today regarding the anti-bullying guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education for schools around the country.
“As schools once again open their doors for students throughout the country, we know that one of the primary building blocks of effective instruction is a school environment that creates safe, successful, and positive classrooms where children can effectively learn from their teachers and peers. I applaud the Department of Education for reminding schools of their responsibility to ensure a supportive environment for all children. When bullying takes place, particularly for those who are most vulnerable—including students with disabilities—school personnel must act quickly to remedy the situation.
“Emily Domayer, a young Iowa woman with autism who testified at my hearing on bullying in June 2012, said: ‘Every student has the right to have a safe learning environment…bullying will go away when schools, parents, teachers, and students work together so kids understand that bullying will not be tolerated.’ The guidance issued today from the Department of Education helps us move towards safe learning environments for all students.”
- Opening Statement of Chairman Tom Harkin at the HELP Committee Field Hearing on Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Education [Chairman]
- Harkin: Jobs Report Emphasizes Need to Renew Federal Unemployment Insurance [Chairman]
- GOP Senators Call For Details on Administration Plan to Grant Exemptions from Electronic Health Records Regulations [Ranking Member]
- New Report: 57 Percent of Small Business Owners Support Harkin-Miller Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10 [Chairman]
- Bicameral Coalition of Lawmakers Supports FDA’s Proposed Rule to Protect Consumers of Generic Drugs [Chairman]
- Alexander: Obama 10-Year Budget Never Balances, Adds $8 Trillion to Federal Debt [Ranking Member]