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Here's what the Schools of Thought Editors are reading today:
Detroit Free Press: Anti-bullying legislation passes state senate
The Michigan State Senate passes legislation that requires schools to have anti-bullying policies, but the father of the student for whom the bill is named has objections to provisions added at the last minute.
The Atlantic Wire: It Wouldn't be Hard to get Around Michigan's Anti-Bullying Bill Michigan's Senate passes an anti-bullying bill with a clause that reasserts freedom "for religious or moral viewpoints."
Mlive.com: Michigan Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan among those upset by Senate exemption on bullying
Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flanagan is not pleased with a Senate bill that bans school bullying with the exception of "sincerely held religious or moral beliefs."