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Minn. Sexual Orientation Discussion Policy Debated

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI

COON RAPIDS, Minn. – The board of Minnesota’s largest school district is discussing changing a controversial policy that requires faculty to remain neutral when sexual orientation comes up in classrooms.

The Anoka-Hennepin school board is meeting Monday night.

The current policy states that the topic of sexual orientation isn’t part of the curriculum and is best addressed outside school. If it comes up in student-led discussions, teachers must remain neutral.

Some people believe that’s led to the bullying of gay students, and some teachers aren’t sure whether they can discuss homosexuality at all in class.

A proposed change would bar teachers from advocating personal beliefs on controversial subjects. However, some critics say that’s too vague.

No vote is expected Monday, but the discussion could foreshadow what board members may decide later this month.

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