Senate passes Sen. Daughtry bill to help ensure safe learning environment for teachers
AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, the Maine Senate voted in favor of a bill from Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, to help ensure Maine educators have safe environments to teach in. LD 880, “An Act To Protect School Employees from Workplace Bullying,” received unanimous, bipartisan support in an initial vote.
“I’ve heard from teachers across my district about how important this measure is. Schools must be a safe environment for students and staff alike. No hardworking teacher should face bullying while they’re just trying to make sure their students get the best education possible,” said Sen. Daughtry. “I’m grateful to the work that went into fine-tuning this bill and getting it passed.”
As amended, LD 880 would require school districts to have internal policies that address and prevent bullying and harassment against educators and school staff.
“This proposal affirms the Legislature’s finding that all students have the right to attend public schools that are safe, secure, and peaceful, but takes the common-sense step to add school employees to this finding,” said Andrew Mason, testifying on behalf of the Maine Education Association in favor of the bill. “As this pandemic has revealed, school employees already deal with and face a number of challenges in performing their job. They should be allowed to work in an environment free from bullying, just as every student has the same right.”
LD 880 faces further votes in the Legislature.