Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law

Posted By Mary C. Tillotson On April 14, 2014 @ 11:18 am

Part 93 of 126 in the series Educating America [1]

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

If a Jewish student refers to the Holocaust and says the German Nazis were evil, and a German student overhears, should the Jewish student be punished for bullying?

Because of this and other similar situations resulting from New Jersey’s anti-bullying law, the Rutherford Institute has filed a federal lawsuit trying to strike down the law.

“It’s overbroad. It affects free speech. It should be written better,” said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. “It uses a so-called ‘reasonable observer’ — if a reasonable person thought this would be demeaning or harmful — but … this would apply to first-graders, second-graders. Are first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders reasonable people?”

Whitehead suggested teachers handle bullying situations discreetly and call parents to make sure they’re aware of how their children are behaving. The current anti-bullying laws aren’t working how they ought to, he said.

“It chills free speech. Kids are going to be afraid to say anything factually,” he said.

Also on this segment of Reform School, guest Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, discussed with Choice Media issues including the Chicago Public Schools’ budget, a safety drill gone wrong in Cleveland schools, a New Jersey appellate court approving of blended-learning charter schools, a spat over testing for choice students in Florida and teacher evaluation reform.

Contact Mary C. Tillotson at mtillotson@watchdog.org.

Part of 126 in the series Educating America [1]
  1. Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says [5]
  2. Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools [6]
  3. Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill [7]
  4. DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit [8]
  5. Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts [9]
  6. Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats [10]
  7. Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program [11]
  8. Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school [12]
  9. ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false [13]
  10. NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice [14]
  11. Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy [15]
  12. Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says [16]
  13. Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit [17]
  14. Experts: School choice improves education in public schools [18]
  15. SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand [19]
  16. DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit [20]
  17. U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’ [21]
  18. ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early [22]
  19. New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs [23]
  20. Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents [24]
  21. $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union [25]
  22. Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice [26]
  23. Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools [27]
  24. Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning [28]
  25. Parents make good school choices, study says [29]
  26. Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA [30]
  27. In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears [31]
  28. Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law [32]
  29. School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents [33]
  30. Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program [34]
  31. PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies [35]
  32. College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story [36]
  33. Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools [37]
  34. What is Massachusetts doing right? [38]
  35. Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision [39]
  36. Want to end poverty? Educate the kids [40]
  37. Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money [41]
  38. North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues [42]
  39. Philadelphia school district threatens charters [43]
  40. Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school [44]
  41. Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety [45]
  42. Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice [46]
  43. Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts [47]
  44. California students sue state over ineffective teachers [48]
  45. Study: Public supports parent choice in education [49]
  46. Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth [50]
  47. New Orleans tops school choice index [51]
  48. AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills [52]
  49. Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program [53]
  50. PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year [54]
  51. Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’ [55]
  52. Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed [56]
  53. Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants [57]
  54. WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’ [58]
  55. Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools [59]
  56. Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system [60]
  57. Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check [61]
  58. Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools [62]
  59. New York charter school focuses on family, community [63]
  60. NC school vouchers on hold [64]
  61. WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment [65]
  62. Philadelphia schools will end another year in red [66]
  63. PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition [67]
  64. Two ESA bills get House support in AZ [68]
  65. Thousands rally to support New York charter schools [69]
  66. California’s defense begins in Vergara trial [70]
  67. Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill [71]
  68. PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools [72]
  69. Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships [73]
  70. To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split [74]
  71. Philly school district broke, but the pay is good [75]
  72. Philadelphia charter school sues public school district [76]
  73. Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case [77]
  74. Vermont to reconsider education funding formula [78]
  75. Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand [79]
  76. Massachusetts charter school bill revived [80]
  77. Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say [81]
  78. FL again takes up school-choice bill [82]
  79. Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues [83]
  80. Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action [84]
  81. New website helps Detroit parents choose schools [85]
  82. Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round [86]
  83. Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs [87]
  84. New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists [88]
  85. Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools [89]
  86. Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state [90]
  87. ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts [91]
  88. MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences [92]
  89. Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year [93]
  90. Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools [94]
  91. Violent Philly high school source of worry [95]
  92. Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district [2]
  93. Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law
  94. Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up [3]
  95. Academics, culture help mom choose private school [4]
  96. PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts [96]
  97. Arizona expands school choice program [97]
  98. The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA [98]
  99. Louisiana offers new vocational technical program [99]
  100. Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools [100]
  101. Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic [101]
  102. Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools [102]
  103. Philly school district facing another bleak budget [103]
  104. Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school [104]
  105. For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up [105]
  106. At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost [106]
  107. Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say [107]
  108. Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement [108]
  109. Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’ [109]
  110. Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short [110]
  111. Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge [111]
  112. Missouri parents want more choice in education [112]
  113. U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill [113]
  114. Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature [114]
  115. PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula [115]
  116. In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K [116]
  117. AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules [117]
  118. NC school voucher program gets temporary green light [118]
  119. Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families [119]
  120. Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says [120]
  121. Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools [121]
  122. PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly [122]
  123. Feds consider joining school choice game [123]
  124. Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others [124]
  125. California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come [125]
  126. School choice is popular — when parents know about it [126]
  127. What can private schools learn from charters? [127]

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[1] Educating America: http://watchdog.org/series/educating-america/

[2] Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district: http://watchdog.org/138355/state-audit-philly/

[3] Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up: http://watchdog.org/138956/philadelphia-seniority/

[4] Academics, culture help mom choose private school: http://watchdog.org/138771/tennessee-mother-school/

[5] Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says: http://watchdog.org/106956/arizona-empowerment-scholarships/

[6] Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools: http://watchdog.org/107099/reviving-a-1970s-lawsuit-doj-would-keep-black-students-in-failing-schools/

[7] Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill: http://watchdog.org/107730/relocating-sexually-abusive-teachers-would-be-more-difficult-under-pennsylvania-bill/

[8] DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/107931/doj-backpedals-on-louisiana-voucher-lawsuit/

[9] Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts: http://watchdog.org/108070/charter-schools-atlanta-pension-debt/

[10] Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats: http://watchdog.org/108270/biggest-education-impact-from-shutdown-furloughed-bureaucrats/

[11] Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program: http://watchdog.org/108633/appeals-court-upholds-arizona-school-choice-program/

[12] Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school: http://watchdog.org/108901/indianas-voucher-program-expands-diversity-a-factor-in-one-familys-choice-of-school/

[13] ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false: http://watchdog.org/109580/vouchers-dont-do-much-good-for-students-claim-is-false/

[14] NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice: http://watchdog.org/109726/nyc-mayors-race-could-affect-school-choice/

[15] Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy: http://watchdog.org/110206/vermont-public-school-goes-independent-raises-ire-from-state-bureaucracy/

[16] Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says: http://watchdog.org/110369/arizona-education-savings-accounts-arent-vouchers-study-says/

[17] Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit: http://watchdog.org/111115/legal-institute-fights-alabama-unions-attempt-to-repeal-school-tax-credit/

[18] Experts: School choice improves education in public schools: http://watchdog.org/112121/experts-school-choice-improves-education-in-public-schools/

[19] SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand: http://watchdog.org/112320/sc-school-choice-program-helps-special-needs-kids-could-expand/

[20] DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/112755/doj-wants-louisiana-parents-voucher-lawsuit/

[21] U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’: http://watchdog.org/113092/u-s-house-passes-bill-prevent-passing-trash/

[22] ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early: http://watchdog.org/113178/non-traditional-journalists-barred-viewing-tax-funded-test-results-early/

[23] New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs: http://watchdog.org/113359/new-center-hopes-help-charter-schools-help-kids-special-needs/

[24] Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents: http://watchdog.org/113580/charter-schools-offer-alternative-philadelphia-families/

[25] $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union: http://watchdog.org/113637/philadelphia-teachers-union/

[26] Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice: http://watchdog.org/114090/study-rhode-islanders-support-school-choice/

[27] Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools: http://watchdog.org/114652/choice-chicago-schools/

[28] Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning: http://watchdog.org/114895/columbia-students-scholarship/

[29] Parents make good school choices, study says: http://watchdog.org/115905/parents-make-good-school-choices-study-says/

[30] Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA: http://watchdog.org/116714/charter-school-reform/

[31] In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears: http://watchdog.org/116761/louisiana-voucher-doj-change/

[32] Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law: http://watchdog.org/117785/washington-charter-school-law-sued/

[33] School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents: http://watchdog.org/117544/word-out-school-choice/

[34] Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program: http://watchdog.org/117987/doj-louisiana-school-voucher/

[35] PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies: http://watchdog.org/118517/pa-teacher-furlough/

[36] College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story: http://watchdog.org/118513/hope-christian-school/

[37] Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools: http://watchdog.org/118703/pa-teacher-seniority/

[38] What is Massachusetts doing right?: http://watchdog.org/118763/high-standards-transparent-accountability-and-school-choice-are-keys-to-massachusettss-pisa-success/

[39] Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision: http://watchdog.org/119048/goldwater-to-appeal-louisiana-school-voucher/

[40] Want to end poverty? Educate the kids: http://watchdog.org/119077/education-poverty/

[41] Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money: http://watchdog.org/119207/philly-schools-money/

[42] North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues: http://watchdog.org/120320/nc-scholarship/

[43] Philadelphia school district threatens charters: http://watchdog.org/120318/philly-charters/

[44] Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school: http://watchdog.org/120876/student-ability-milwaukee/

[45] Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety: http://watchdog.org/121163/philadelphia-school-budget/

[46] Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice: http://watchdog.org/121391/school-choice-lawsuits-2013/

[47] Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts: http://watchdog.org/121760/philly-charter-schools/

[48] California students sue state over ineffective teachers: http://watchdog.org/122324/california-students-sue/

[49] Study: Public supports parent choice in education: http://watchdog.org/122675/public-support-choice/

[50] Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth: http://watchdog.org/122962/renaissance-schools-philly/

[51] New Orleans tops school choice index: http://watchdog.org/123270/school-choice-index/

[52] AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills: http://watchdog.org/123434/arizona-school-choice/

[53] Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program: http://watchdog.org/122856/florida-scholarship-program/

[54] PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year: http://watchdog.org/123873/education-election-pa/

[55] Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’: http://watchdog.org/124176/louisiana-skin-color/

[56] Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed: http://watchdog.org/124418/charter-foster-children/

[57] Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants: http://watchdog.org/127933/pa-grants/

[58] WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’: http://watchdog.org/128226/first-charter-school-serves-children-families-extreme-poverty/

[59] Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools: http://watchdog.org/128628/vermont-independent-schools/

[60] Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system: http://watchdog.org/128811/universal-enrollment/

[61] Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check: http://watchdog.org/129395/philly-plan-schools/

[62] Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools: http://watchdog.org/129460/missouri-school-choice/

[63] New York charter school focuses on family, community: http://watchdog.org/129522/new-york-charter-school-focuses-family-community/

[64] NC school vouchers on hold: http://watchdog.org/129815/nc-school-choice/

[65] WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment: http://watchdog.org/130039/wi-students-denied/

[66] Philadelphia schools will end another year in red: http://watchdog.org/130001/philadelphia-schools-feb/

[67] PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition: http://watchdog.org/130450/pa-universities/

[68] Two ESA bills get House support in AZ: http://watchdog.org/130629/arizona-house-esa/

[69] Thousands rally to support New York charter schools: http://watchdog.org/130985/new-york-charter-schools/

[70] California’s defense begins in Vergara trial: http://watchdog.org/131228/california-vergara-trial/

[71] Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill: http://watchdog.org/131521/minnesota-charter-school-bill/

[72] PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools: http://watchdog.org/131757/charter-school-authorizer/

[73] Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships: http://watchdog.org/131744/florida-scholarships/

[74] To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split: http://watchdog.org/132582/school-choice-test/

[75] Philly school district broke, but the pay is good: http://watchdog.org/132881/philly-district-pay/

[76] Philadelphia charter school sues public school district: http://watchdog.org/133090/charter-sues-district/

[77] Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case: http://watchdog.org/133414/colorado-school-voucher/

[78] Vermont to reconsider education funding formula: http://watchdog.org/133633/vermont-education-funding/

[79] Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand: http://watchdog.org/133941/school-choice-arizona/

[80] Massachusetts charter school bill revived: http://watchdog.org/134629/massachusetts-charter-schools/

[81] Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say: http://watchdog.org/134954/black-leaders-school/

[82] FL again takes up school-choice bill: http://watchdog.org/135191/fl-takes-school-choice-bill/

[83] Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues: http://watchdog.org/135395/lawsuit-overspending-charter/

[84] Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action: http://watchdog.org/135500/teacher-seniority-pa/

[85] New website helps Detroit parents choose schools: http://watchdog.org/135808/school-choice-media/

[86] Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round: http://watchdog.org/136086/philly-funding-april/

[87] Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs: http://watchdog.org/136233/louisiana-school-choice/

[88] New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists: http://watchdog.org/136254/dc-charter-lottery/

[89] Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools: http://watchdog.org/136514/federal-bill-attempts-help-replicate-high-quality-state-charter-schools/

[90] Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state: http://watchdog.org/136705/school-tax-philly/

[91] ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts: http://watchdog.org/136787/aclu-alleges-discrimination/

[92] MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences: http://watchdog.org/137238/mn-anti-bullying-bill-unintended-consequences/

[93] Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year: http://watchdog.org/137514/ms-special-needs/

[94] Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools: http://watchdog.org/137849/illinois-virtual-charter-ban/

[95] Violent Philly high school source of worry: http://watchdog.org/137995/violent-philly-school/

[96] PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts: http://watchdog.org/139607/pa-cyber-charter/

[97] Arizona expands school choice program: http://watchdog.org/139927/arizona-school-choice-2/

[98] The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA: http://watchdog.org/140032/statewide-charter-school/

[99] Louisiana offers new vocational technical program: http://watchdog.org/140459/louisiana-vocational-technical/

[100] Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools: http://watchdog.org/140494/benefits-philly/

[101] Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic: http://watchdog.org/140856/educators-look-grow-expanding-hispanic-demographic/

[102] Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools: http://watchdog.org/140963/charter-schools-april/

[103] Philly school district facing another bleak budget: http://watchdog.org/141256/philly-budget-april/

[104] Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school: http://watchdog.org/141339/andre-agassi-charter-school/

[105] For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up: http://watchdog.org/141566/pa-graduation-rates/

[106] At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost: http://watchdog.org/141770/pa-buses/

[107] Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say: http://watchdog.org/141982/arizona-charter-schools/

[108] Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement: http://watchdog.org/142343/progress-reports/

[109] Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’: http://watchdog.org/142729/teachers-union-opposes/

[110] Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short: http://watchdog.org/142858/shortfall-education-pa/

[111] Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge: http://watchdog.org/142980/georgia-school-choice/

[112] Missouri parents want more choice in education: http://watchdog.org/143264/missouri-parents-choice/

[113] U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill: http://watchdog.org/143535/federal-charter-school/

[114] Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature: http://watchdog.org/143754/florida-school-scholarship/

[115] PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula: http://watchdog.org/144041/pa-special-education/

[116] In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K: http://watchdog.org/144081/nevada-school-records-10k/

[117] AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules: http://watchdog.org/144202/auditor-charter-pa/

[118] NC school voucher program gets temporary green light: http://watchdog.org/144721/school-choice-voucher/

[119] Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families: http://watchdog.org/145066/transparency-philly/

[120] Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says: http://watchdog.org/145101/public-school-bullying/

[121] Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools: http://watchdog.org/145550/gamble-philadelphia/

[122] PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly: http://watchdog.org/145856/lawsuit-school/

[123] Feds consider joining school choice game: http://watchdog.org/147626/federal-school-choice/

[124] Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others: http://watchdog.org/155758/florida-school-choice/

[125] California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come: http://watchdog.org/156980/teacher-reform-lawsuit/

[126] School choice is popular — when parents know about it: http://watchdog.org/157993/school-choice-popular/

[127] What can private schools learn from charters?: http://watchdog.org/158738/private-school-charter/

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