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Travis Rother sometimes gives his Chanhassen High School students a glimpse of his left-of-center political views, especially if a comment might help trigger an important discussion.
But he and other teachers said it makes a big difference whether it’s a ninth-grade English class or a tightly knit senior Advanced Placement seminar.
“There are those rare instances where things come up and it feels right in the four walls of your classroom and the environment you’ve crafted,” he said. “I’m extremely comfortable that [my students] are not going to decide ‘I’m a Democrat because Mr. Rother’s a Democrat.'”