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6:80 Teaching About Controversial Issues

The Superintendent shall ensure that all school-sponsored presentations and discussions of controversial or sensitive topics in the instructional program, including those made by guest speakers, are: 

•    Age-appropriate. Proper decorum, considering the students’ ages, should be followed.
•    Consistent with the curriculum and serve an education purpose.
•    Informative and present a balanced view.
•    Respectful of the rights and opinions of everyone. Emotional criticisms and hurtful sarcasm should be avoided. 
•    Not tolerant of profanity or slander.

The District specifically reserves its right to stop any school-sponsored activity that it determines violates this policy, is harmful to the District or the students, or violates State or federal law. 

LEGAL REF:  Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006).
Mayer v. Monroe Cnty, Cmty, Sch. Corp., 474 F.3d 477 (7th Cir. 2007).

CROSS REF.:  6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6:255 (Assemblies and Ceremonies) 

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004 

UPDATED:  December 18, 2017
August 22, 2022