At last week's first ever "Bullying Prevention Summit," President Obama committed to providing $132M in funding from the 2012 budget toward anti-bullying efforts in schools. This came in the wake of discussion with several parents who had lost their children due to bullycide along with presentations by administration officials on the growing epidemic of bullying. The reaction from many people on the front lines of the anti-bullying movement were encouraged, stating that this was a great victory for those of us working on stopping bullying in schools.
Trust me, I am NOT a glass-half-empty kind of person, but I have to admit that I'm not as impressed as others. Those of you who are regular readers of this blog or have seen me speak know I ask tough questions and want practical explanations, so I thought I'd examine what this supposed windfall really means for schools across the country. (more…)