Stronger bullying law should help schools

Thursday, April 17, 2014

While it’s very encouraging the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton already this session have strengthened the state law about bullying in public schools, it must be noted the new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is only a start.

Whether Minnesota schools live up to the act’s name will be driven largely by the standards and guidelines put forth by state Department of Education, how districts apply them and who is ultimately held accountable through this approach.

As this board has noted in the decade-plus effort to address bullying, if elected officials really wanted to make a difference in addressing bullying, they would set their sights on homes, not schools.

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