Branstad continues to work on bullying prevention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bullying prevention will again be a key issue for Gov. Terry Branstad this fall.

The governor’s push for anti-bullying legislation meant to help school districts combat harassment on social media sites failed during the last legislative session.

In a few weeks, Branstad will host a second bullying summit in Des Moines. The event will feature panels with students, educators and lawmakers who will discuss how to make kids feel safe at school. Headlining the program will be journalist Emily Bazelon, the author of “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.”

Branstad’s special assistant for education Linda Fandel says the focus of the gathering this year was on practical steps students, educators and parents can take to prevent bullying.

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