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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Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson first proposed the legislation that would require educators to promptly report bullying and discipline students involved. Minnesota's current anti-bullying statute is only 37 words. The Star Tribune reports the bipartisan bill was introduced in the House Thursday.

Dayton's bullying task force nears final recommendations

Gov. Mark Dayton's Task Force on the Prevention of Bullying is nearly finished with its anti-bullying policy recommendations, MPR reports. The final report is due on Dayton's desk next week. The state task force was assigned with examining the definition of bullying and ways to improve laws against it. Minnesota's current anti-bullying law is considered one of the weakest in the country with only 37 words. The group will hold their final meeting on Monday.

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