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Becker schools propose policy banning 'divisive' concepts

The statewide teachers union threatened a lawsuit over the policy, which many believe is trying to stifle free speech and suppress LGBTQ students


August 3, 2022

Jenny Berg, Star Tribune

Becker High School student Kristie Deering was one of 100 protesters at a presentation by the anti-LGBTQ group Child Protection League in March 2022.

BECKER - A vote on a proposed policy that would ban so-called "divisive" concepts from the Becker school district was delayed Monday after the district received threats of legal action concerning the policy.

The draft policy, written by three school board members as part of the district's policy committee, states that the purpose of the policy is to ensure all students and staff are treated in a "respectful, unbiased, fair and equitable manner." But the policy goes on to dictate that, if passed, "neither political indoctrination or the teaching of inherently divisive concepts will be allowed" and classrooms must be free of any personal bias.

Many in the school community and state interpret the policy as the district trying to stifle free speech, suppress LGBTQ students and advocates and prohibit the accurate teaching of history and other subjects.


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