The Pennsylvania Safe Schools Act
House Bill 156
The Pennsylvania Safe Schools (PASS) Act is proposed legislation to make our commonwealth’s schools safer for all students. Pennsylvania’s school code provides one of the weakest policies in the nation on bullying and harassment in public schools. The PASS Act would give guidance to school districts on bullying, including definitions, reporting, and prevention. Students, teachers, and administrators are currently left without essential protections or resources. This legislation was produced independently by Pennsylvania students working with legislators and education stakeholders in 2011 and is currently being advocated for in Harrisburg. Please, help us make Pennsylvania schools safe for all students.
The PASS Act would:
• Provide prevention and remediation tools for all teachers and school staff on incidents of bullying;
• Establish reporting requirements and accountability so no student is left behind;
• Invite parents and the community to support the adoption of anti-bullying policies;
• Define these protections so students are safe regardless of who they are.