Minn. district to redo controversial topics policy 19 Jan 12

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s largest school district plans to rework a proposed controversial topics policy that came under criticism.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District administration plans to present a “respectful learning environment curriculum policy” at Monday night’s board meeting. The board will review the proposed policy but will not vote on it then.

The district had proposed a new policy to require teachers to refrain from stating their views on controversial topics in the classroom. The board proposed the change to replace a current policy that requires teachers to remain neutral when the topic of human sexuality comes up during class. Some people believe the current policy fosters bullying of gay students.

The teachers union had urged the board to drop the controversial topics proposal, saying educators should be trusted to mediate student discussions.

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