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To the editor: Safe Schools law is important one

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To the editor,

There are many bills important to the residents of Hastings moving through the Minnesota State Legislature this session. One in particular will have long term impacts to improve the quality of the educational experience of all children in the state, has no cost, and deserves everyone's support. The "Minnesota Safe Schools for All" bill has passed the Senate and will soon be in front of the House.

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The "Minnesota Safe Schools for All" bill will strengthen existing bullying and harassment laws, protecting students on the basis of, but not limited to, actual or perceived race,

color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, and physical characteristics,

and association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. We all remember incidences of bullying, feeling ashamed because we were different - had long hair, were too tall, or wore thick glasses. This bill will bring Minnesota school policies into line with the Minnesota Human Rights Act, ensure educators are trained on state safe schools requirements, and require review of district policies to ensure they comply with state law.

Students who are safe at school will be better learners. All of our children deserve an educational experience that honors who they are and protects them from harassment. Please take a few minutes to contact your state representatives and the governor to express your support for this piece of legislation that supports all the children of Minnesota. All our kids will thank you for your wisdom.

Lisa Hedin and Judy Pechacek

Hastings

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