Even though the legislature won't convene until late February, the push to rally support for bullying prevention legislation kicks into high gear this weekend.
On Sunday, OutFront Minnesota and members of the Safe Schools Coalition will hold a rally beginning at 2 p.m.. at South High School. Students will lead the program, which will feature State Representatives Jim Davnie and Patricia Torres Ray. Guante, a spoken word artist and the two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam contest, will perform.
Education Minnesota, the state teachers' union, has made the passage of the bullying prevention legislation one of its priorities for 2014.
"We know students do better when they're in school and learning," said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht. "The Safe & Supportive Schools Act will help prevent bullying, which will reduce suspensions, absences and drop out rates and save Minnesota taxpayers in the long run."