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Controversial Issues
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The Board believes that the consideration of controversial issues has a legitimate place in the instructional program of the schools.

Training for effective citizenship is accepted as one of the major goals of our public schools. Our instructional program, developed to achieve this purpose, places great emphasis upon teaching about our American heritage; the rights and privileges we enjoy as citizens; and the citizenship responsibilities that must be assumed in maintaining our American way of life.

In training for effective citizenship, it is frequently necessary for students to study issues that are controversial. In considering such issues, it shall be the purpose of our schools to recognize the student's right and/or obligation:

A. to study any controversial issue which has political, economic, or social significance and concerning which (at his/her level) s/he should begin to have an opinion;

B. to have free access to all relevant information, including the materials that circulate freely in the community;

C. to study under competent instruction in an atmosphere of freedom from bias and prejudice;

D. to form and express his/her own opinions on controversial issues without thereby jeopardizing his/her relationship with his/her teacher or the school providing the expression remains within Federal and State law, school guidelines, and current court rulings;

E. to recognize that reasonable compromise is often an important facet in decision making in our society;

F. to respect minority opinions.

If a parent feels that an educational experience involving a controversial issue is objectionable, parents and teachers are encouraged to agree upon a resolution. An alternative assignment may be required of the student at the teachers' discretion. This does not compromise the parents' right to object.