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The chief author of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, Sen. Scott Dibble, spoke with Capitol Report about the bill last week.

Dibble responds to critics — mainly religious right and Tea Party groups — who say the bill will be a financial burden on school districts.

“That’s false utterly false,” he said. “We’ve provided significant revenues for schools to address this issue.”

When asked if it is a mandate on schools, he said, “There is no unfunded mandate.”

“Over time costs are going to come down quite significantly. Students are going to be achieving much better academically. Schools are going to be safer there’s going to be far less liability for failure to protect kids.”

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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