CHICAGO - Anti-bullying policies will be required in Illinois' public schools under a new law that Governor Pat Quinn has signed.
Quinn signed the bill at a Chicago elementary school Thursday, and says the new law will protect students inside and outside of the classroom.
It requires all public schools to create and implement an anti-bullying policy. The law takes effect immediately.
School policies must detail a definition of bullying, as well as procedures for reporting bullying and parental notification. The policies should also include the investigation of bullying reports and actions that may be taken to address it. State education officials will monitor to make sure schools implement the policies.