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Red Wing School Board approves inclusive education plan

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The Red Wing School Board approved an inclusive education plan 7-0 at Monday night's meeting. The plan outlines how the district will teach students about racial and gender diversity and about people with disabilities.

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Supt. Karsten Anderson explained to the board that the district's plan has always existed, but it was scattered throughout different policies and procedures.

"It's simply to take that information from different areas and put it together in one plan," Anderson said.

He added that teaching diversity is required of all schools under state laws, and that the formal plan the board approved Monday is in many places a direct reiteration of what those laws state.

Under the plan, Red Wing's curriculum will be reviewed annually to ensure that it includes "multicultural and gender fair concepts," and teachers and administrators will be given training on the plan's components.

In addition, the plan states that in the next couple of years, the director of instructional services will solicit feedback on the implementation of the plan from both curriculum advisory committees and from a committee of community members that formed following the district's 2010 Office of Civil Rights complaint.

Still, Anderson said the plan is not meant to cause "significant" changes to the district's current curriculum.

"It's just more of a formalization of what we're doing," Chairwoman Heidi Jones said.

Anderson said the inclusive education plan is not related to the district's current lawsuit in which former student Quera Pruitt is suing the school. Pruitt, an African-American, claims her rights were violated when students participated in the unofficial "Wangsta Wednesday" in 2008 and 2009.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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