Legislators Request Audit of Anti-Bullying and Harassment Laws in Calif. Schools

August 09, 2012

From the office of Assemblymember Ricardo Lara:

Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit request with a 9 to 4 vote, to examine the implementation of and compliance with nondiscrimination laws in California public schools. The audit was jointly requested by Assembly Members Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Betsy Butler (D-Los Angeles) and prompted by accounts of continued harassment and bullying in schools.

"While we have made great strides legislatively to curve bullying and harassment in schools, recent incidents against LGBT students point to piecemeal compliance that demands attention. It's devastating for a child to feel unsafe in an environment where they are supposed to feel protected. This audit will help identify gaps in compliance and provide solid recommendations for improvement," said Assembly Member Lara.