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Associated Press, Published August 15 2012

Dayton endorses Minn. toughening bullying law

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton is endorsing the need for Minnesota to toughen its anti-bullying law.

Dayton received a report from his school bullying task force Wednesday. He 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.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/OxgwUO) reports Dayton says the state must supply additional money, if needed, to help districts improve.

Dayton appointed the task force in February. The report was released two weeks ago. It 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.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com


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