Would you want your little one learning the ins and outs of gay life in elementary school??
The school board representing Minnesota’s largest school district on Monday night will consider scrapping a controversial policy requiring teachers not to discuss homosexuality in school.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District’s sexual orientation curriculum policy, adopted in 2009, bars teachers from taking a position on homosexuality in the classroom and says such matters are best addressed outside of school. It’s become known as the neutrality policy.
During Monday night’s hearing, the school board will propose replacing that policy with a “controversial topics curriculum policy” that, according to the proposed wording, “recognizes the importance of providing information about controversial topics in a democracy.”
However, it states that teachers and staff “shall not advocate personal beliefs or opinions” regarding those controversial topics — which are not named — in the classroom.
It’s one of many changes being considered to the district’s harassment, violence, and discrimination policy and its religious activities policy. The so-called “neutrality policy” triggered a federal lawsuit by students who allege the policy creates a toxic environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students — or students perceived to be LGBT.
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