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Why does bullying cost California schools $276 million every year?

The Sacramento Bee – Carolyn Wilke

“While school bullying has been widely condemned for harming students’ emotional health, a new study calculates the financial cost to school districts: $276 million annually in California. The study published in June in School Psychology Quarterly is the first to count the direct losses caused by bullying-related student absences. “If we think about the climate of bullying in schools, we actually see differences in overall achievement,” said Stephen Russell, a professor of child development at the University of Texas, Austin, and one of the study’s authors.”(more)

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