Video: Breaking school-to-prison pipelines

Students, parents and teachers are demanding Minnesota eliminate school-related discipline practices that heighten certain acts to criminal offenses. It would go a long way in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately targets youth of color. Getting school resources officers (which are police stationed in schools) out of the buildings will also limit the number of students who wind up in the criminal justice system, researchers and activists say.

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Safe and supportive schools

On March 3rd, kids from my school joined hundreds of other kids from the Twin Cities for a rally at the Capitol. We were there to encourage lawmakers to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act” — also known as the anti-bullying bill. This bill will take Minnesota from having the weakest anti-bullying law in the country to the strongest. At the rally there were many kids who held signs that listed how they had been bullied. Not surprising since “11 percent of all kids are bullied weekly; over 30 percent (say) they’re viewed as different.”

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Safety in everyday realities: The biggest challenges to the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act are yet to come

It’s a bright and shiny day in Minnesota, with the temperature working its way into the 70s for the first time in months. It’s a bright and shiny day, too, because Governor Mark Dayton will sign the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act at a ceremony on the State Capitol steps at four o’clock this afternoon.

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House repasses bill toughening bullying standards

Rep. Jim Davnie answers a member’s question during the April 8 debate to concur with the Senate amendments to HF826. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

It has been nearly a year since the House passed the proposed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act after a highly contentious debate.

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Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short, supporters plan to push the proposal again next year

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short.

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Safe Schools bill passes Minnesota Senate

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.

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First suburban homeless shelter for youth on track to open in Brooklyn Park

Jeremiah Carter testifying before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 20 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Halverson, left, that would provide funding for Homeless Youth Act activities. (Minnesota Legislature photo by Andrew VonBank)

The first Twin Cities suburban homeless shelter for youth is moving forward in Brooklyn Park faster than anyone expected, thanks to a coalition of church and community leaders and support from city leaders.

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"Ex-gay" therapy ban for minors fails at Minnesota Capitol, activists promise reprise in 2015

Legislation that would ban reparative therapy failed in the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 after pressure from “ex-gay” organizations.

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