A new Minnesota law will require districts to spell out how exactly they'll protect students from intimidating, threatening, abusive or harmful behavior, and how they'll track and respond to cases of bullying.
The bill, which would require schools to train teachers on how to spot and prevent bullying, and mandate districts track and investigate cases of bullying, was passed by the state Senate last week.
A suspect approached the vehicle in south Minneapolis early Friday morning and shot its three occupants.
The bill sponsored by state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it.
The latest round of talks between teachers and the Anoka-Hennepin school district ended without a contract agreement.
In 2012, Stratton posted on Facebook that she hated a hall monitor. She faced an in-school suspension and was asked to hand over her password so school and law enforcement officials could investigate another online conversation she had with a student.
STEP-UP was created in 2004 and partners with local businesses to provide work experience to city students between the ages of 14 and 21. Program staff member Amy Shapiro says the exercise is designed to give young people a sense of what they'll need for future job interviews.
Negotiators for the district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers struck a deal earlier this month, setting the stage for the vote. If the contract is ratified by teachers, the school board will vote on the agreement April 8.
A study from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows kindergarten through 3rd grade students tutored by Minnesota Reading Corps tutors did twice as well on literacy tests than students without a tutor.
Minneapolis expects 2,800 students from kindergarten to eighth-grade to attend Spring Break Academy and some Stillwater school leaders are asking kids to take a practice version of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests online.
The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said it would require districts to better train staff on how spot and prevent bullying.
Union leaders voted to put the decision to teachers in the state's largest district during a meeting Monday. The union and district have met at the bargaining table 16 times since May, but have failed to reach an agreement over pay and benefits.
Union leaders will meet Monday to schedule a strike authorization vote by the 2,800-member Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota.
The bill aims to replace Minnesota's current anti-bullying law, which at 37 words is considered one of the weakest in the nation. The new measure would require school districts to train staff on how to spot and prevent bullying. And it would mandate better reporting and follow up of bullying incidents
State data from 2013 shows 20 percent of teacher candidates failed the reading, writing and math test currently in place. Among minority teacher candidates, failure rates were significantly higher.