I work in the mental health system which automatically makes me a "mandated reporter". If at anytime I witness abuse/neglect or have a reason to believe abuse/neglect has occurred, I am required by law to report this to my employer, who is in turn required to report it to the state. And if I believe my employer is not doing their due diligence than I have an obligation to report it to the county/state myself. The same standard should apply to all employees in the field of education. They are entrusted with the physical & mental well-being of a subgroup that is particularly vulnerable to abuse. They need to have training in recognition, intervention & treating both the victims & the perpetrators (who are more than likely victims themselves). The salient details of the bill may need revised but this is not an either/or scenario, having mandated reporters in the school system does not need to take away money for mental health. We can do both. We need to stop paying lip service to anti-bullying campaigns & actually enforce them. Otherwise they are empty promises & real children will suffer trauma because of our inaction.