Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) did a study on school bullying. GAO recommends Education compile information about state civil rights laws and procedures that relate to bullying, and inform complainants about state legal options; Education, HHS, and Justice develop information about bullied demographic groups in their surveys; and assess whether legal protections are adequate for these groups. Education disagreed with our first recommendation and we clarified it to address some of their concerns. Education is considering our second recommendation, agreed with our third, and provided information on efforts related to the last. HHS agreed with our recommendations. Justice did not provide a written response.

See the abstract and report at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-349