Minnesota anti-bullying bill to become law Wednesday - KMSP-TV

Minnesota anti-bullying bill: 7 things you need to know

Posted: Updated:
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Schools Act into law. Photo by Rob Olson Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Schools Act into law. Photo by Rob Olson
Photo by Rob Olson Photo by Rob Olson
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota House has passed an anti-bullying bill early Wednesday morning that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on the Capitol steps at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

A 69-63 vote on the bill, dubbed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, came just after midnight, and requires schools to create prevention strategies and train staff on techniques. It also requires schools to better track and investigate bullying cases.

House chief author Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) says Minnesota's success hinges on the success of Minnesota's kids. 

"The bullying often doesn't happen in front of teachers—instead it happens in the playground, on the bus, in the hallway and in the cafeteria," Rep. Davnie said. "Training all school staff is a key to prevent bullying and to build school climates that are safe and supportive for all students."

The Senate passed the bill by a 5-vote margin on April 3.

WHAT DOES THE BILL DO?

- Requiring the state's commissioner of education to design a model policy for school districts that will not infringe on the free speech or religious rights of students

- Provide a more comprehensive definition of bullying, cyber-bullying, prohibited conduct and intimidation

- Require districts to develop and maintain local bullying prevention policies

- Set minimum standards for local policies

- Extend anti-bullying policies to extracurricular activities at public schools

- Require strategies for creating positive school environments

- Establish the School Climate Council and School Climate Center to assist with implementation

Private and home schools are exempt from complying with the bill, but charter schools will need to follow the requirements outlined in the bill, and private schools will be encouraged to share their anti-bullying policies and incident summaries.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 5 Minnesota State Fair foods that make the most money

    5 Minnesota State Fair foods that make the most money

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-08-23 14:22:07 GMT
    There's a big misconception about food vendors at the Minnesota State Fair. Many people think you can set up a booth, work 12 days and make a pile of cash. But it's not that easy. Aside from a lot of hard work, it also takes some luck.
    There's a big misconception about food vendors at the Minnesota State Fair. Many people think you can set up a booth, work 12 days and make a pile of cash. But it's not that easy. Aside from a lot of hard work, it also takes some luck.
  • 28 new foods at Minnesota State Fair in 2014

    28 new foods at Minnesota State Fair in 2014

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-06-25 18:57:53 GMT
    The Minnesota State Fair is adding 28 new foods to the already massive, artery-clogging list of 500 foods from 300 different vendors. New food include everything from a bacon-wrapped turkey leg and beer gelato to a shrimp dog and chocolate salami.
    The Minnesota State Fair is adding 28 new foods to the already massive, artery-clogging list of 500 foods from 300 different vendors. New food include everything from a bacon-wrapped turkey leg and beer gelato to a shrimp dog and chocolate salami.
  • Snowy owl that survived Washington, DC bus hit dies in Minnesota

    Snowy owl that survived Washington, DC bus hit dies in Minnesota

    The snowy owl that underwent surgery and rehab at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center after being struck by a bus in Washington, D.C. has died. The owl was returned to the wild in April, but was recently found dead on the side of a Minnesota highway.

    The snowy owl that underwent surgery and rehab at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center after being struck by a bus in Washington, D.C. has died. The owl was returned to the wild in April, but was recently found dead on the side of a Minnesota highway.

Widgets Magazine
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices