Emphasizing the old days when community and civic leaders communicated on a regular basis, Fred Silva, Senior Policy Advisor, supporting California local government, also provides advice for students interested in public policy development. Based on the unit lesson and Mr. Silva’s advice on solving public policy challenges, select a local or national policy issue, then outline and specifically delineate each policy process variable(s). California’s Bullying Policy in Public Schools

Introduction

Bullying is rife in the American public school system. More than 20 percent of students have been bullied at least once — that’s one in five students. In 2012, the Seth Act was introduced to strengthen existing local anti-bullying policies (Sanchez, 2018). The law requires every California public school to update its anti-bullying programs and policies to address victims of discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, gender expression and identity, disability or national origin.

Problem Definition and Analysis

Despite state law’s expectation of equal opportunity and rights for everyone, many transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and gay students experience disproportionate levels of bullying. Additionally, incidents of bullying involving minorities are often overlooked by administrators and teachers (Meyer, & Keenan, 2018). A good example is Seth Walsh (whom the law is named for), who committed suicide after ignoring bullying of gay students in a California public school (Meyer, & Keenan, 2018). Seth Law’s primary goals are to implement a comprehensive anti-bullying framework optimized specifically for the LGBTQ+ community, establish a unique process for investigating and registering bullying complaints, and raise public awareness of the issue.

Develop policy options

The law clearly states that any employee who witnesses an act of bullying, discrimination, intimidation or harassment must intervene immediately when it is safe to speak up. In addition, every public entity must prohibit bullying, discrimination, intimidation or harassment—

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