Dayton On Anti-Bully Laws 16 Aug 12

Governor Dayton is endorsing the need for Minnesota to toughen its anti-bullying law. Dayton received a report from his school bullying task force Wednesday, and endorsed the panel’s recommendation that Minnesota enact a stronger anti-bullying policy for all school districts. Dayton says Minnesota needs to replace its current bullying law with a law that clearly defines what bullying is, and that the state must supply additional money, if needed, to help districts improve. Dayton appointed the task force in February. The report calls for a stronger state law, anti-bullying education for educators and students, disciplinary action against bullies, and funding to help districts deal with the problem. Dayton hopes to have new legislation ready for the 2013 session.