MN Senate OKs Anti-Bullying Bill 07 Apr 14

The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill aimed at helping prevent bullying in schools. The bill was approved on a 36-31 vote Thursday after nearly six hours of debate. It would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Republicans objected to the bill, saying there’s no parental notification, definitions of bullying are not enforceable, and costs to school districts are unknown. The measure now goes to the House, which passed a similar measure last year. If passed again by the House and approved by Governor Dayton, it would replace a statute that requires school districts to have a bullying policy but lacks any details on what the policy should contain.