The Presidential Planner

Mar 10, 2011 7:53am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

This morning the President, the First Lady, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will host a bullying prevention conference at the White House.

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 have the opportunity to talk with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration about how all communities can work together to prevent bullying," the White House said in a statement.

In a Facebook video message previewing the conference the president says that for a long time bullying was treated “as an unavoidable part of growing up, “but notes that more and more the harmful effects can be seen.

“The good news is that there's a growing movement, led by young people themselves, to make our schools and communities places where no one is made to feel alone, or afraid for being different,” President Obama says, “Where all of our children can thrive. They understand that while technology has allowed us to connect as never before – and that's a good thing – it shouldn't affect how we treat each other.”

The President and the First Lady will meet with a small group of students and parents from the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the Oval Office, speak in the East Room, and then the group will breakout into smaller discussions throughout the day.

In the afternoon, the President will meet with a bicameral, bipartisan group of legislators to discuss the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

Meeting participants include Representatives Kline, Miller, Hunter, Kildee and Senators Harkin, Enzi, Bingaman, and Alexander. 

"The President looks forward to working with this bipartisan group of leaders to revise the federal law so that it is more fair, flexible, and focused on helping all students to graduate ready for college and careers," the White House said in a statement.

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner in the Oval Office.

-Sunlen Miller

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