Dayton gets report on bullying, backs call for tougher law

Gov. Mark Dayton received the final report of a state task force on bullying and said he supports its call for a tougher law. Dayton called it disgraceful that the issue has received such scant attention in Minnesota. The report calls for a law with a specific definition of bullying and a disciplinary system for how to respond to it.
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Gov. Mark Dayton received the final report of a state task force on bullying and said he supports its call for a tougher law. Dayton called it disgraceful that the issue has received such scant attention in Minnesota. The report calls for a law with a specific definition of bullying and a disciplinary system for how to respond to it.

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The Prevention of School Bullying Task Force recommended to state lawmakers Wednesday that the state repeals its current anti-bullying law and replace it with a stronger law to protect students from bullying, harassment and intimidation in Minnesota schools. The 15-member task force's recommendations were delivered in a report to Gov. Mark Dayton.

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