Education Law Amended to Include Tus Valores Cuentan Values

Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño has signed new legislation that makes the values of the Tus Valores Cuentan program a permanent part of the curriculum of the Puerto Rico Department of Education. The new amendment (No. 149 to amend article 3.03) requires that universal values such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are part of the […]

Cyberbullying Law Passed in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that will require New York school districts to establish protocols to curb online bullying. The new legislation goes into effect July 1, 2013 and expands upon the 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that first created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures […]

Catching Up With the 2012 CEP National Schools of Character Award Winners

Last May, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) — a national advocacy organization with which CHARACTER COUNTS! is affiliated —  unveiled its 2012 National Schools of Character award winners. In a new three-part series, we will be interviewing teachers and administrators from three of the award-winning schools (which are also CHARACTER COUNTS! schools) to discuss their successes in character education, and how they plan to […]

Bullying Led to Japanese Student’s Suicide

The tragic suicide of a 13-year-old boy in Otsu, Japan was most likely the result of systematic bullying by the boy’s classmates, and even his teachers, reports ABC News. Though the suicide occured last October, a recent anonymous survey of students at the school has revealed shocking details of physical and psychological torment. According to ABC News, “In […]