Board Policies

Last revised: May 13, 2013


Teaching Controversial Issues

The board believes students should have an opportunity to reach their own decisions and beliefs about conflicting points of view. Academic freedom is the opportunity of licensed employees and students to study, investigate, present, interpret, and discuss facts and ideas relevant to the subject matter of the classroom and appropriate to and in good taste with the maturity and intellectual and emotional capacities of the students.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or biased positions in the classroom or through teaching methods. Teachers are free to express personal opinions as long as students are aware it is a personal opinion and students are allowed to reach their own conclusions independently.

It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure academic freedom is allowed but not abused in the classroom.

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Date of Adoption

November 9, 1970

Date of Revision

July 14, 1980
January 8, 1990
August 9, 1993
January 13, 1997
March 10, 2003
April 13, 2009
May 13, 2013