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Kevin Jennings’ Name Is Mysteriously Absent From The White House’s Bullying Conference


Thursday’s Conference on Bullying Prevention, hosted at the White House, will bring together “President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services [with …] students, parents, and teachers,” according to a release. “The conference will bring together communities from across the nation who have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it. Participants will speak about the effects of bullying and the work of students, parents, and teachers nationwide.” So who’s else is taking part? In addition to breakout sessions, there will be wrap-up sessions featuring Secs. Duncan and Sebelius along with Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes. Whose name isn’t mentioned? Oh right, the always-missing Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools Kevin Jennings, aka the “safe schools czar,” who I’m pretty sure was appointed by President Obama for, uh, exactly these sorts of projects. So will he be absent from the administration’s first-ever bullying conference? (Maybe he’s creating a new PowerPoint presentations?) Or is he attending but the White House doesn’t want to tip off Republican lawmakers his physical location?