The Board believes students should have an opportunity to reach their own decisions and beliefs about conflicting points of view.  Academic freedom is the opportunity of licensed employees and students to study, investigate, present, interpret, and discuss facts and ideas relevant to the subject matter of the classroom and appropriate to and in good taste with the maturity and intellectual and emotional capacities of the students.


It shall be the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or biased positions in the classroom or through teaching methods.  Teachers are not discouraged from expressing personal opinions as long as students are aware it is a personal opinion and students are allowed to reach their own conclusions independently.


It shall be the responsibility of the principal to ensure academic freedom is allowed but not abused in the classroom.


Cross Reference:          504         Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    1005.10  Distribution or Posting of Materials

























Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:   12/11/06                                                     Columbus, Nebraska

                                                                                                                Reviewed:  8/10/09