Anoka-Hennepin school board meets to rethink controversial policy tonight

District leaders on Monday night will meet for the first time to reconsider the district's policy on classroom discussions on religion and sexual orientation. Critics say the current policy, which says staff members should not discuss the topics in school, leaves some kids vulnerable to bullies and harassment.
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