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Minnesota AG to propose tougher anti-bullying laws

Posted at 6:20 AM on November 23, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson this morning will propose tougher anti-bullying laws for schools. We'll be tracking that and adding stories and insight.

MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar writes:

The proposed legislation would be more specific and require school districts to report certain bullying incidents, Wogsland said. The legislation would be modeled after several states that have adopted stricter anti-bullying laws in recent years, including North Dakota, he said.

Minnesota's current law requires all school districts to have a policy prohibiting bullying, but several outside groups have criticized the law for not being tough enough.

"We want to increase transparency when it comes to these issues and these incidents," Wogsland said.

MPR News has written and broadcast a ton this year on school bulling in Minnesota.

That includes the "Weak on Bullying" package this spring. Click here to read and listen.

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.