State law addresses accountability by requiring districts to review and update anti-bullying policies and/or to submit policies to the state for review and approval.
New Mexico Administrative Code 126.96.36.199 Reporting requirements
A. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, each school district and state-chartered charter school shall annually submit the following to the department in a method prescribed by the department and in a timeframe determined by the department:
- (1) a status report on the implementation of the provisions of this rule;
- (2) data elements on the implementation of this rule including:
- (a) the aggregate number of bullying incidents of students within the district or state-chartered charter school;
- (b) the aggregate number of harassment incidents of students within the district or state-chartered charter school; and
- (c) the corresponding responsive action or disposition taken by the district or state-chartered charter school, by type of action, for each bullying incident of a student and for each harassment incident of a student.
B. Each school district and state-chartered charter school shall include, in its reporting, when known, a tabulation of the number of bullying incidents of students and the number of harassment incidents of students associated with each of the following actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic:
- (1) race;
- (2) color;
- (3) national origin;
- (4) ancestry;
- (5) sex;
- (6) sexual orientation;
- (7) gender identity;
- (8) spousal affiliation;
- (9) physical or cognitive disability; or
- (10) an association with a person, or group with any person, with one or more of the actual or perceived distinguishing characteristics.
New Mexico Statutes 22-35-5. Department duties; school district and charter school report cards.
B. At the same time as or as part of the annual accountability report, each school district and charter school shall report on the status of its implementation of the provisions of the Safe Schools for All Students Act, including the aggregate number of incidents of bullying in the state, the aggregate number of incidents of harassment under any applicable federal or state laws, the aggregate number of responsive actions taken by public schools by type of action, a tabulation of the number of incidents associated with each distinguishing characteristic defined in the Safe Schools for All Students Act, the department’s evaluation of the sufficiency of funding for bullying prevention programs and any recommendations for policy or programmatic change to improve the addressing of bullying issues in the state.