Academic Balance

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An amendment to put the brakes on a Republican-led effort to limit the right to free speech in Minnesota classrooms was offered to the supplemental bill this week. The legislation is a result of a legal dispute in Edina Public Schools that generated significant media coverage.

Education Minnesota, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts all have said the Republican initiative is unnecessary and would chill free expression and discussion of ideas in classrooms. The amendment failed on vote of 31-34, with all Republican Senators voting against the amendment. The Rochester Post-Bulletin offered a scathing review of the effort, stating that, “This bill may be well-intentioned . . . but as public policy, it doesn’t make the grade”. The amendment failed by a vote of 31 to 34.