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Groups: Iowa school bullying bill could use improvements

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Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa groups monitoring Gov. Terry Branstad's latest attempt to reduce school bullying say there are improvements in his new legislation, but there remains room for improvement.
Identical versions introduced in the Senate and House include changes to last session's original measure, such as allocating more money for teacher training and allowing school officials to have discretion on whether to notify parents about bullying if the move would hurt a student.
Nate Monson, executive director of the nonprofit Iowa Safe Schools, calls the changes a good first step but says the proposal doesn't focus enough on preventative training.
The bill sets aside $150,000 to train school district employees on how to investigate cases of harassment or bullying. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the money is the right amount to support districts.

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