2012 Press Releases

Media Advisory: May 11, 2011

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or keith.hovis@state.mn.us

Bullying Prevention Task Force to Hold Listening Session in Mankato

Members of the Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Bullying are convening listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesota students, educators and community members on the issue of bullying and school climate. On Monday, May 14, a listening session will be held in Mankato. This will be the fourth listening session held by the task force.

The Mankato listening session will be convened by Task Force Co-Chairs Julie Herzog and Walter Roberts, and members Willie Bridges and Thomas Scott. The listening session will take place at South Central Community College and will offer student, parents, educators and community members an opportunity to weigh in.

Created through executive order by Governor Dayton, the task force is comprised of 15 members charged with examining best practices and policies that currently exist to prevent bullying. The panel is further tasked with providing future recommendations to the Governor and the legislature on this subject. The listening sessions will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to provide information and insight to task force members that will inform the group’s final recommendations to Governor Dayton and the legislature.

Members of the taskforce include 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.

What: Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Bullying Listening Sessions

Who: Task Force Co-Chairs Julie Herzog and Walter Roberts, and members Willie Bridges and Thomas Scott

When: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: South Central Community College, 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato, MN

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