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Minn. school district settles bullying lawsuits

Minnesota’s largest school district on March 5 voted to settle a pair of lawsuits over a policy that was criticized for failing to protect gay students from bullying, reports the Associated Press. The Anoka-Hennepin School Board approved the settlement 5-1. The district agreed to a long list of measures to help prevent and address sex-based harassment at its middle and high schools, including hiring consultants and working with federal authorities to ensure the district complies with the terms. The district’s insurance carrier will pay the six current and former students named in the lawsuits a total of $270,000, and the district will tap about $500,000 of its own funds to implement the agreement. Superintendent Dennis Carlson told reporters the agreement “helps us move forward as a district to a better day for all students. When we have finished this process, we believe we will have developed a model that all school districts can follow.”

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