The Notebook, Philadelphia’s leading newspaper on public education, published an article today covering Berney & Sang’s appeal in Nicole B. v. School District of Philadelphia. The appeal argues that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act protect students from discriminatory bullying and harassment. It is a landmark appeal, with the potential to secure important protections for children who suffer bullying and harassment. Several prominent civil rights organizations are supporting the appeal, including the Education Law Center, the Public Interest Law Center, Pennsylvania Disability Rights, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
The Notebook’s article highlights the importance of the appeal, stating:
[N]o appellate court in Pennsylvania has yet considered how the act applies to school districts when it comes to bullying. That leaves students and families the option of going to federal court, which can be more costly and difficult. If the appeal . . . is granted, the decision may set a precedent that makes it easier for families seeking recompense for discriminatory abuse in school.
You can access the full article here.