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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Issues Executive Order on Bullying


Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton yesterday issued an executive order on bullying, establishing a task force to study the problem in the state's schools. The task force of 15 people will study best practices, existing laws, and reports of bullying in schools. It will also define what it means to bully and provide recommendations by August of next year on policiy initiatives that should be taken to address the issue.

Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district is the subject of lawsuits and a federal investigation over its policy that teachers take a "neutral" stance on sexual orientation which forces them to ignore anti-gay bullying. There have been seven student suicides in the school district in less than two years.

Read the Governor's executive order below.

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  1. Some things are not directly quantifiable or definable. Such as what is love or what is bullying. I think the task force is a good idea nonetheless and I am sure good will come of it... However attempting to define human behaviors is fought with insurmountable difficulties. Any definition of any human emotion or behavior will always be incomplete and incorrect.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 30, 2011 10:45:25 AM

  2. Finally! I've been waiting to see who would have the balls to make a difference in Minnesota. I can't wait to hear what those obstructionist Anoka-Hennepin parents will have to say about this first attempt to restrict their bigotry and hatred.

    Posted by: Keppler | Nov 30, 2011 11:08:12 AM

  3. Yet another commission to study the problem that will not be published until August 2012 is one thing. The lawmakers can ignore the report or they can defer passing any laws. They should look at Ontario's Premier's "It Get's Better" video and actually enact tough legislation like Ontario that protects kids and allows students to form Gay Straight Alliances in schools in all districts.

    Posted by: John Mclaren | Nov 30, 2011 11:18:41 AM

  4. Well, a task force! I bet all the LGBT kids are feeling much safer now.

    Posted by: Glenn | Nov 30, 2011 11:42:26 AM

  5. Wow!!! A Governor with balls! We need more like Governor Mark Dayton.

    Posted by: DarthEVaderCheney | Dec 1, 2011 9:45:28 AM

  6. "Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district is the subject of lawsuits and a federal investigation over its policy that teachers take a "neutral" stance on sexual orientation which *forces them to ignore anti-gay bullying*."

    Sorry, but no. ANY form of bullying, no matter the cause, requires teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin school district to address the issue and protect the bullied student. I know it's all fun and easy to jump on the hatred bandwagon, but at least *try* to make yourself knowledgeable on a topic before spewing lies. Have you actually looked over a copy, because if you have you'd already understand their stance of bullying. Seriously, it's things like this that make people distrust news sources like this and it really hurts the cause when people think large segments of the LGBT community make wild accusations like this. It makes all of us look like we're just 'whining' and making things up instead of focusing on actual, real issues. Which, trust me, there are plenty to focus on. Such as the actual issue of bullying and the effect it has on LGBTQ students.

    Posted by: Danielle | Dec 2, 2011 3:42:00 AM

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