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S.F. No. 2487 - Academic Balance Policy
Author: Senator Carla J. Nelson
Prepared By: Ann Marie Butler, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)
Date: March 6, 2018


Section 1. Academic Balance Policy.

Subdivision 1. Policy Required. Requires a school board to adopt and post a written academic balance policy applicable to pupils, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. The policy must include reporting procedures and disciplinary actions for policy violations.

Subd. 2. Policy components. The policy must:

  1. prohibit school employees from requiring students or other school employees to express specified viewpoints for the purpose of academic credit, extracurricular participation, or as a condition of employment;

  2. require the school to provide a learning environment, curriculum, and instruction with access to a broad range of serious opinions;

  3. require students to be assessed on the basis of reasoned answers and appropriate knowledge of subjects and disciplines studied and prohibit discrimination on the basis of political, ideological, or religious beliefs; and

  4. require caution from classroom teachers when expressing personal view in the classroom and prohibit the introduction of controversial matters without a relationship to the subject taught.

Effective Date. Makes the section effective for the 2018-2019 school year and later.

Section 2. Certain federal, state, and local requirements. Requires a charter school to adopt an academic balance policy.

Effective Date. Makes the section effective for the 2018-2019 school year and later.



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