Take Action: MN Gov Vetoes Safe Schools Bill

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Take Action: MN Gov Vetoes Safe Schools Bill

May 28, 2009

Dear Families and Friends,

This weekend, while families were out enjoying the Memorial Day
holiday, Governor Pawlenty vetoed the Safe Schools for All

This bill was supported by the +40 member MN
Safe Schools for All Coalition
, teachers, principals, school
counselors, school social workers, school nurses, parents, school
boards associations and even significant numbers of the Governor’s
own political party.

Upon request of the Governor, the lead authors had worked with his
office on a compromise version of the bill, which the Governor’s
staff confirmed on two separate occasions met every requirement and
request the Governor had made. Yet Governor Pawlenty vetoed the
bill. He prioritized his political ambition over the experienced
judgment of teachers, principals and parents who agreed that the
safety and education of tens of thousands of Minnesota students
necessitated this bill.

Today we must turn our anger into action.

The Safe Schools for All bill would have made clear that all
students are protected from bullying and harassment in Minnesota
schools, including on the basis of commonly targeted
characteristics, such as race, national origin, gender, religion,
disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender
identity. Research shows that this clarity is needed and schools
support this improvement. We will not rest until this legislation
becomes law.

Sign our pledge to make schools safer in

Join the MN Safe Schools for All Coalition in letting Governor
Pawlenty know how many of us care about safe schools. Let him know
that we’ll be back to finally make this overdue legislation

Forward this pledge to everyone you know. Join the MN Safe Schools
for All Facebook group  to spread the word

Stephanie Hazen