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Minnesota enacts stringent anti-bullying law

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed bullying prevention legislation that will require increased vigilance on the part of schools to protect students from bullying and harassment by classmates.

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Student claiming she was disciplined for Facebook post and that administrators viewed her private email settles with Minnesota district

A Minnesota district has settled a suit by a student claiming she was disciplined for off-campus online comments and her Facebook and email accounts were viewed without permission.

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Student sues Minnesota district over suspension from sports for “terroristic” tweet

A Minnesota student has filed suit in federal court against the school district and the Minnesota State High School League alleging that his suspension from sports over a tweet is endangering his chances of landing a college scholarship for wrestling.

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Minnesota schools include disabled students in sports

The Associated Press reports on Minnesota Public Radio News that as the federal government pushes schools to include more disabled students in sports, Minnesota offers a map for how to do it and a look at the challenges that come along the way.

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Minnesota district settles race discrimination suit

According to the Pioneer Press, the St. Paul school district has settled a federal race discrimination suit brought by the families of three former middle school students.

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Minnesota district and local police investigate bullies’ online comments encouraging suicide

KMSP-TV Fox 9 reports that Anoka-Hennepin School District and police are investigating a group of middle school students who took a fight to Facebook and began a bout of cyber-bullying that crossed a scary line. Officials say at least one of the bullies made a post on Facebook urging a group of girls to go kill themselves.

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Federal district court rules student stated valid First Amendment free speech claim based on school officials disciplining her for off-campus online postings

A federal district court in Minnesota has denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss, ruling that a middle school student has stated a valid claim for violation of her First Amendment free speech and Fourth Amendment unlawful search rights based on school officials disciplining the student for off-campus postings made on the student’s Facebook page.

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Federal appellate court rules Minnesota district violated religious group’s free speech rights by removing it from district’s enrichment program

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled that a Minnesota school district violated a religious group’s free speech rights when it engaged in impermissible viewpoint discrimination by removing the religious group as a participant in the district’s after-school enrichment program, resulting in irreparable harm to the religious group.

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Minnesota task force urges state to adopt tougher anti-bullying laws

According to the Associated Press in The Sacramento Bee, a Minnesota task force, called “The Prevention of School Bullying Task Force” is urging state lawmakers to toughen up a state law on bullying, harassment, and intimidation in schools.

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Parents of African-American students have filed race discrimination suit against Minnesota district

The Star Tribune reports that even after teacher Timothy Olmsted was placed on paid leave and later resigned as a result of an investigation of racial incidents in his classroom, the parents of African-American students at Heights Community School have filed suit against St. Paul Public School District.

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