Illinois governor signs anti-bullying bill

Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn listens to a question from the crowd gathered Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Chicago where he received the endorsement of several clergy and community leaders in his re-election bid. Quinn faces Winnetka businessman, Republican Bruce Rauner in the November election. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn listens to a question from the crowd gathered Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Chicago where he received the endorsement of several clergy and community leaders in his re-election bid. Quinn faces Winnetka businessman, Republican Bruce Rauner in the November election. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ public schools will have to instate anti-bullying policies under a new law that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed.

The Chicago Democrat signed the bill Thursday at a Chicago elementary school.

He says the law will protect students inside and outside of the classroom. The law takes effect immediately.

It requires all public schools to create and implement an anti-bullying policy.

School policies must detail a definition of bullying, procedures for reporting bullying and parental notification. The policies should also include the investigation of reports of bullying and actions that may be taken to address it. State education officials will monitor to make sure schools implement the policies.

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The bill is HB5707.

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