The study of developmentally appropriate issues should help students learn how to gather and organize pertinent facts, evaluate those facts, be prepared to defend their conclusions, and respect the opinions of others.
The Board expects teachers to determine whether a particular issue is aligned with the course curriculum and thus suitable for study or discussion in any particular class. Teachers should not spend class time on any topic which they feel is developmentally unsuitable for the class or is unrelated to the established course of study.
The Board also expects teachers to follow the established curriculum and to introduce a variety of viewpoints where they may add to the discussion, with adequate and appropriate factual information. In class discussions, the teacher should help students separate fact from opinion in drawing conclusions so they are able to understand and acknowledge the difference. The teacher shall not suppress any student’s view on the issue as long as its expression is not malicious or abusive toward others.
The Board of Education encourages teachers to invite guest speakers into their classrooms to enhance the delivery of the curriculum. Teachers hosting guest speakers shall ask them prior to speaking to provide students with factual information and not to use their position to influence students through the use of propaganda or to vilify those holding contrary points of view.
Candidates for political office are prohibited from campaigning in the District’s schools or on school property during the school day, or at any other time unless administrative authorization, such as for an approved evening community event, has been secured in advance.
Education Law §414
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 484 US 260 (1988)
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 US 503 (1969)
Board of Ed., Malverne UFSD v. Morgan, 3020-a panel decision; Howard C. Edelman, Esq., chairman (Feb. 2, 1990)
Matter of Morgan, 29 EDR 363 (1990)
Malverne v. Sobol (RJI # 01-90-ST2690) Sup. Ct., Albany County, G. Cobb, J.S.C., 4/1/91