Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying sets meetings across the state

A new state task force aimed at reducing and preventing bullying will hold a series of public meetings across Kansas.

The goals of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying are to study the problem, coordinate with stakeholders, review work in areas of social and emotional learning; review current statutes and practices and make recommendations to the State Board of Education.

The task force will be seeking public input either through written or verbal comments. Written comments can be sent to Amy Martin at admartin@ksde.org.

Members of the 37-member task force include educators, legislators, counselors, parents, advocates, attorneys and others. Lori Blake, who serves on the KASB board, is KASB President-Elect Designee and a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306, will serve on the task force, as well as KASB’s Donna Whiteman, associate executive director/legal services. State Board member Jean Clifford, of Garden City, will serve as the State Board’s liaison.

In March, Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson announced that he wanted to form a task force on bullying, saying it was one of main issues he heard from parents and educators.

Legislators this session have also said more needs to be done to stop bullying.

The task force will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

May 28 — South Central Kansas Education Service Center, Clearwater
June 18 — Southwest, Kansas at site to be determined
Aug. 5 — Smoky Hills Education Service Center, Salina
Sept. 25 — Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush)
Nov. 6 — Greenbush Education Service Center in Lawrence
Dec. 2 Either Topeka or Lawrence

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