COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The head of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board says a proposed policy for contentious issues in the classroom is much better than earlier versions, but he’s not ready to say if he’ll support it.

Chairman Tom Heidemann says the board is likely to vote on the “Respectful Learning Environment” policy at its next meeting in two weeks.

The draft presented Monday night says teachers should not try to persuade students to adopt or reject any particular viewpoints. But it also says district staff should affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students when discussing contentious issues.

The current policy requires teachers to stay neutral when sexual orientation comes up. Critics say it hampers them from preventing bullying of gay students.

Several parents who believe homosexual conduct is immoral testified for keeping the existing policy.

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Comments (5)
  1. Kilgore says:

    “The draft presented Monday night says … district staff should affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students when discussing contentious issues.” Now was that so hard. It took the school board long enough….what a bunch of clowns.

  2. See BS says:

    We already have state laws that address violence, harassment and stalking.

    Public Schools are suppose to be teaching Math and Science, not making lawsuit gravy boats for lawyers.

  3. R3 says:

    One size does not fit all; a bunch of administrators cannot create a policy for common sense across a broad range of demographics. What works fine and is acceptable to the parents in the inner city may not be acceptable in the suburbs. Our school system is top heavy with administrators that are out of touch, control and policy should be in the hands of the schools principal. When we waste so much time and money to be politically correct we are not providing the education necessary to the students for the real world.

    1. Kevin says:

      Sure they can! They know best! They are so much smarter than you…just sit back….relax…and enjoy the ride…

  4. Kevin D says:

    I sure hope Religion is classified as one of these “inappropriate” topics. That includes Christianity, Jesus, the Bible etc. Anyone caught promoting any of these should be booted out.

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