A gay teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District and an outspoken critic of the district's controversial policy on sexual orientation announced Wednesday that he's running for the Minnesota Senate against Republican incumbent Michelle Benson. Jefferson Fietek says his community is struggling with poverty, suicide and bullying but that elected officials are ignoring it.
ATF offering $5,000 reward for info on fire at condemned apartment building
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BCA IDs officer in fatal St. Paul shooting, says there was 'exchange of fire'
The sergeant has been an officer for 10 years.
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Excelsior chocolate shop ransacked by thieves to reopen
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Drinks can company to lay off almost 100 workers, close St. Paul plant
State authorities were informed of the impending closure.
Suspect in Minneapolis bar killing charged with weapons crime
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A monster storm is coming next week: What will happen?
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Boy safe after kidnapping by non-custodial parent in Mankato
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Search for group who stole 13 guns, ammo, vehicles on Thanksgiving
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Anoka-Hennepin votes to settle bullying lawsuits; lone dissenter resigns in protest
The district agreed to pay $270,000, which will be divided among the six current and former students who brought the lawsuits, hire new staff and adopt a system to watch for and report bullying. Supporters who attended the board meeting Monday night called the decision "historic." But former Republican State Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, the lone "no" vote, stepped down from the board in protest. The Pioneer Press has details ...
Anoka-Hennepin teachers union backs new policy on sexual orientation
The Associated Press reports Education Minnesota overwhelmingly supports the district's new policy, which would replace the district's controversial "neutrality" rule. And the school district responds to an article in Rolling Stone magazine about the rash of suicides among gay students in the schools.
Anoka-Hennepin School District reaches tentative deal over students' bullying lawsuits
The district has reportedly reached a settlement deal with federal officials and will meet Monday night to vote on the agreement.
Anoka-Hennepin schools slam Rolling Stone article as "distorted portrayal"
An article in Rolling Stone magazine suggests the Anoka-Hennepin school district contributed to the suicides of gay teenagers by fostering an anti-gay climate. Now the district is hitting back by criticizing the article and defending its work toward ending bullying and harassment.
Anoka-Hennepin school board ends policy blamed for bullying
The school board voted Monday night to replace a controversial policy with a new one that they say will foster a safer and more tolerant environment for students. Critics say the district's old "neutrality" policy, which restricted teachers from addressing issues such as sexuality, left students at the mercy of bullies.
Anoka-Hennepin school board tries again on sexual orientation policy
District leaders are meeting Monday night to discuss a new policy on how staff members should treat a sensitive issue. The district's current policy requires that all staffers remain neutral on subjects of sexual orientation. Critics say that rule leaves students open to bullies and sexual harassment. But a second proposal didn't fare much better after it drew fire from both sides in the debate.
Teachers criticize Anoka-Hennepin district over anti-bullying panel -- with no teachers on it
The district's task force also has no students or school counselors. Instead, the Pioneer Press reports, the group has a prevention specialist, three public relations experts and a lawyer. The district has come under fire after a rash of student suicides that some blame on bullying. Critics say the district's policies do nothing to protect students from harassment.
Anoka superintendent apologizes, says 'no doubt' bullying can contribute to suicide
The superintendent says the latest statement is both an acknowledgement that bullying could have been a factor in the rash of student suicides and an apology for an earlier message, which indicated there was no evidence that harassment contributed to the tragedies.
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