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Published January 23, 2012, 02:55 PM

Minnesota school board still struggling with policy

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board is trying again to craft a replacement for its policy requiring teachers to stay neutral when issues of human sexuality come up in class.

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The Anoka-Hennepin School Board is trying again to craft a replacement for its policy requiring teachers to stay neutral when issues of human sexuality come up in class.

The policy has been criticized by those who say it hampers teachers from effectively preventing bullying of students who are gay or perceived as gay. The district is the target of two lawsuits challenging the policy. Defenders of the existing neutrality policy say it respects the views of families and students who believe homosexual conduct is immoral.

A proposal to require teachers to refrain from stating their views on controversial topics satisfied neither side two weeks ago. So officials will present the board Monday night with what's called a "Respectful Learning Environment" policy. Details have not been released. No vote is planned.

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