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Controversial Minnesota School District in Crosshairs Again

Controversial Minnesota School District in Crosshairs Again


The Anoka-Hennepin school district near Minneapolis, where nine students perceived as LGBT committed suicide in the past two years, is again in the headlines -- this time because many teachers are failing the district's questionable LGBT policy.

The district, where the rash of suicides has led to accusations of an antigay environment at schools and investigations by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice, has a policy requiring staff to remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation. Teachers at Anoka-Hennepin, which lies in Rep. Michele Bachmann's district, are also required to pass an LGBT training test.

One question reads, "One of the goals of the Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy is to ensure all of our students feel safe and respected in our classrooms and/or while participating in school activities: true or false?"

Many teachers are refusing to answer "true," causing them to fail the test. Ostensibly, at least some teachers are answering "true" because they don't feel the policy is keeping kids safe. The fact that teachers must remain neutral on homosexuality but not heterosexuality has prompted a lawsuit from several students and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Read the full story here.

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