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Minn. school board ends policy blamed for bullying

Board of largest Minn. school district replaces policy blamed for bullying of gay teens By The Associated Press

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) ' The school board in Minnesota's largest school district has approved a replacement for a policy that required teachers to stay neutral when sexual orientation comes up in class, a stance that has been blamed for fostering bullying.

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board approved the "Respectful Learning Environment" policy on a voice vote Monday night. Only board member Kathy Tingelstad voted no.

After hearing more than an hour of testimony from more than 20 people, board member Scott Wenzel said he believed the change will help the district and the community move forward.

The new policy replaces one that critics said made it hard for teachers to effectively combat bullying against students who are gay or are perceived as gay. The new policy places an emphasis on "respectful exchanges of views."

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