Branstad Plans Anti-bullying Summit in November

By Rod Boshart, Reporter

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks to legislative reporters during a meeting organized by The Associated Press, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced plans Monday to host a Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit this fall.

The event will be held on Nov. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines and will feature a number of speakers from Iowa communities. State and national experts also will present strategies about how to combat bullying, both offline and online.

Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman — who joined Branstad and Reynolds at the news conference — will discuss efforts his community has taken to combat bullying during the one-day summit. The luncheon speaker will be Rosalind Wiseman, whose book became the basis of the movie, “Mean Girls.”

The governor said he is encouraging all Iowans to engage in the important issue of bullying prevention.

“We believe we can, and we must, do more to stand up against bullying in Iowa,” said Branstad. “Iowans have a well-deserved reputation for being good neighbors. Let’s leverage that tradition to put an end to bullying because all children deserve to feel safe at school.”

Registration for the summit will begin in September. More summit details will be announced as that date gets closer. The summit will be paid for with funding from the Iowa Department of Education, registration fees ($30 for adults older than age 22 and $20 for students) and support from the private sector, according to the governor’s office.

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