City Council says DOE not following bullying law in Bronx and city schools

City Council members subpoenaed Department of Education (DOE) officials Tuesday over a school bullying law. There have been nearly 4,000 incidents of harassment reported in Bronx and city schools this year. A law passed last month requires members of the DOE to make harassment and bullying a school offense, train staff how to prevent incidents and create ways to report harassment. DOE members, however, say the law is illegal and violates state laws. They also say they have used the law as a guideline and made some changes to the discipline code. Council members say that is not enough and also say refusing to act on a law is civil disobedience. The City Council?s next move would be to take members of the DOE to court.

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