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Guest Editorial - Politics trumps efforts to protect our children

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On a party line vote, with most Republicans voting no, an amendment to the K-12 education budget bill that would strengthen anti-bullying laws was defeated in the Minnesota State Senate last week.

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The amendment would require school districts to train staff to specifically prevent bullies from targeting their peers on the basis of disabilities, sexual orientation, national origin and poverty level. Current law only covers race, gender and religion.

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