MINNEAPOLIS – The majority of school board members in Minnesota’s largest school district say they’re inclined to support a sexual orientation policy that replaces one that teachers say isn’t effective in combating bullying.
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. Last month, the district agreed to scrap the old policy which required teachers and staff to remain neutral on issues involving sexual orientation in school. Some said the policy created a hostile atmosphere for gay and lesbian students. It’s also the basis for a lawsuit.
The revised policy 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.