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Dayton expected to issue executive order to set up bullying task force

It comes just a week after state Attorney General Lori Swanson proposed legislation that would require school districts to set up rules when it comes to reporting cases of bullying.
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It comes just a week after state Attorney General Lori Swanson proposed legislation that would require school districts to set up rules when it comes to reporting cases of bullying.

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