For Immediate Release: August 1, 2012
Contact: Keith Hovis, 651.582.8275 (o) 651.308.2252 (c) or firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSEVILLE – After months of meetings and community sessions gathering input from residents across the state, the Task Force for the Prevention of Bullying submitted recommendations to Governor Dayton today.
“Every student deserves to feel safe and supported at school,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Education and task force member Brenda Cassellius. “The task force, informed by the courageous voices of students and experts across the state, has yielded recommendations that will help create positive learning environments where students can thrive.”
Created by Executive Order, the group was tasked with crafting recommendations for ensuring all students in Minnesota schools are provided with a safe and welcoming environment to learn.
The final report consists of eight recommendations to the Governor for immediate and urgent action:
Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey said, "These recommendations are the result of the Governor’s leadership and the entire Minnesota community coming together to support our youth. We can no longer tolerate harassment, intimidation and bullying in any form in our schools. I look forward to when we will have legislation capable of helping keep our children happy, healthy and safe.”
The Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Bullying is comprised of 15 members, including, the Commissioners of the Department of Education, the Department of Human Rights and members of the legislature. Governor Dayton also appointed additional members with experience or expertise in psychology, education, pediatrics and anti-bullying advocacy.
With the completion of their recommendations, the Task Force will now work with Governor Dayton and the Legislature to pass legislation that will best serve Minnesota students.