COON RAPIDS, Minn. - Minnesota's largest school district has reached a tentative agreement to settle federal lawsuits over a policy that was criticized for failing to protect students from bullying.

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board was to vote on the settlement at its board meeting Monday evening. The district said it wouldn't provide details ahead of the meeting.

The lawsuits were brought by six students after a string of suicides.

The students said a policy that called for teachers and staff to be neutral when sexual orientation came up in the classroom made it impossible for them to protect gay and lesbian students from bullying.

The neutrality policy was replaced by a new one last month that calls for teachers to foster a respectful learning environment for all students.

Read or Share this story: