U.S. Education Department plans anti-bullying summit

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Aug. 6-7 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The summit, according to a release from the White House, will focus on "ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research."

Panels will highlight the connection between bullying and suicide, and ways to help students who bully others.

Keynote speakers will include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Maryland first lady Katie O’Malley.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion between White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Cynthia Germanotta, mother of musician Lady Gaga.

Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students is hosting the event in conjunction with the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Defense, Agriculture, the Interior, the Federal Trade Commission, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the National Council on Disability.