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.
Deion Sanders says Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman hadn't spoken "in months"
Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.
Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting
Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots
The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020, resulted in one man's death.
Election officials dismiss conservative group's complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar
The group alleged that she used campaign funds on her future husband's consulting firm.
Reports: 6 names surface in Vikings' search for new head coach
Six names have surfaced Saturday in the Minnesota Vikings' hunt for a new head coach.
Minnetonka approves mask mandate in emergency ordinance
The mandate officially goes into effect Monday night.
Here are the snow totals from Friday's winter storm in Minnesota
There was a sharp gradient around the Twin Cities, with the highest amounts in southwestern Minnesota.
State lawmaker Tou Xiong apologizes after driving under the influence
The state representative was pulled over on the night of Jan. 8.
Duluth hospital requiring visitors to show vax proof, neg. test
The health care system is also tightening visitor guidelines.
Ridgeview halting urgent care at a Twin Cities site 'until further notice'
The organization cited "growing emergency medical needs" at the facility.
Charges: MN high school counselor sexually assaulted student
The 16-year-old victim had regularly gone to him for academic help and other support, authorities say.
Anoka-Hennepin teacher, anti-bullying advocate running for state Senate
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.
Anoka-Hennepin district bullying lawsuit could be settled next week
An agenda for the school board's work session Monday night includes time to address a "consent decree" following a closed session with the district's attorney. Six former and current students claim the district failed to address their complaints of being bullied because of their sexual orientation.
Progress, lingering concerns in Anoka-Hennepin school bullying approach
Students, teachers and staff at Anoka-Hennepin say a new anti-bullying policy appears to be making strides. The school district is scrutinized and facing lawsuits after a series of student suicides--some of which are tied to bullying. The Star Tribune reports there are fewer incidents so far this year. But some teachers especially remain concerned about the district’s neutral stance on discussion sexual orientation.
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 teachers tell district to ditch policies on GLBT issues
Teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District aren't happy about the old policy or a new one that could replace it. Union reps voted Monday against any policy that would dictate or limit classroom conversations on gay and lesbian issues. Some people who support the policy fear teachers otherwise would push a "gay lifestyle" on students. Critics say the policy leaves students at the mercy of harassment and bullies.
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.
Anoka-Hennepin teachers aim to show policy a lesson
The school district's proposed policy is a response to accusations of harboring anti-gay sentiment. The measure would bar teachers from taking a stance on "controversial topics." The language of the policy is similar to the district's current one, which has some teachers calling the effort "redundant" and "unnecessary."
Anoka-Hennepin school district approves lawsuit settlement
The settlement applies to two lawsuits that claimed the school district failed to protect students from bullying that was based on sexual orientation. The students will receive $270,000 total. The one board member who voted against the settlement resigned after it was approved, saying it sets a bad precedent.
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