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Anoka-Hennepin changes a "cleanup" of orientation policy

Posted at 10:33 AM on December 8, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Education

MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar adds this to her reporting this morning on the Anoka-Hennepin district's plan to replace its "neutrality" policy on student sexual orientation.

School Board Chairman Tom Heidemann described the proposed changes as "a little bit of cleanup" to address concerns about confusion. He echoed Johnson's contention that the changes came about through feedback from teachers who said they were confused about the implications of the sexual orientation curriculum policy.

"It's something we've been thinking about for some time," he said. "It's really our goal for there to be no confusion."

The changes to the harassment policy are modeled after one recommended by the Minnesota School Boards Association, Heidemann said.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.