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Friday, October 08, 2010

Shelley Madore Goes After John Kline for His Vote Against Anti-Bullying Legislation

Dear ,

My name is Shelley Madore and I am running for Congress in Minnesota's Second District. First and foremost, however, I am the mother of two incredible children.
Recently, incumbent John Kline voted down legislation designed to prevent harassment, humiliation, and torturous bullying of our children. The legislation was appropriately titled, “The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA)”. The SSIA would call on schools and districts that receive federal funds to adopt anti-bullying policies and codes of conduct that specifically prohibit bullying or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation and perceived or actual gender identity. More than 120 organizations supported this legislation including ARC, PACER Center,
and the Autism Society.

As anyone who has been through adolescence knows, harassment and bullying can take an incredible toll on a child’s education and daily mental and physical well-being. As a mother of two children with disabilities, this resonates even more.

How could any rational adult deny our children a safe school environment?

John Kline did.

While in school, our children deserve an atmosphere where they can be themselves, without ridicule or bullying of any kind. We all know that growing up is difficult and that life won’t always present us with situations that are fair. But our kids deserve an educational environment that encourages healthy growth and learning.

If the Republicans take over Congress, incumbent John Kline stands to become the head of the House Education Committee. When our children board the bus each morning, as parents we expect that they will be safe in school. If John Kline remains in Congress, we stand to lose that assurance.

As your next Congressperson, I will work hard to provide a world-class education for every American. But I need your help. Our school children need your help!

Don’t let John Kline become the next Education Committee Chair.

Please, go to and make a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can

I ask for your support. Click HERE to contribute today.

Together, we can assure that our children are safe from harm in school.


Shelley Madore