Board leaning toward sexuality policy change 26 Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The majority of school board members in Minnesota’s largest school district say they’re inclined to support a proposed alternative to a policy governing discussions of sexual orientation in the classroom.

The Star Tribune says four of six board members are lining up behind the new policy, but say they want more public feedback before voting on it. The existing policy requires teachers and staff to remain neutral on issues involving sexual orientation. Some say the resulting silence fosters bullying and a hostile atmosphere for gay and lesbian students. It’s also the basis for a lawsuit.

The proposed revision says district staff should affirm the self-worth of all students, regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. A vote on the policy is expected Feb. 13.

Information from: Star Tribune

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