Minneapolis Teachers' Union demand that WHITE teachers be fired FIRST causes uproar
The proviso is part of a new agreement between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools in an attempt to restructure hiring based on race
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: A new contract between Minneapolis public schools and the teachers' union is causing an uproar because it may result in the layoff of White teachers at the expense of teachers of color. The stipulation is part of a new agreement between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools that will go into effect in the spring of 2023, ending a two-week teachers' strike.
According to the new contract, while layoffs or relocations are typically done based on seniority, they may go out of the order to avoid doing so to a teacher who is "a member of a population underrepresented." If re-hires occur, this prioritization may also apply to bringing back teachers who were laid off. Teachers' unions usually support the Democratic Party, with Minnesota Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan posing for a photo with progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, along with fellow squad members Rashida Tliab, Ayanna Pressley, and Corta Bush, last week, while supporting Omar's nearly failed primary bid. The move sparked outrage, with one economics professor calling it "racism in action."
The contract states, ''The District shall deprioritize the more senior teacher, who is not a member of an underrepresented population, in order to recall a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers''. "Both school district and teachers' union leaders say this makes the city one of the only in the country that does what's called 'seniority-disrupting''.
Fifty teachers of color will be losing their positions this fall due to cuts tied to enrollment losses, Fox News Digital reported. The new contract also mandates the formation of "anti-bias anti-racist" staff advisory councils. According to the contract they are supposed to focus, on, ''reducing inequitable practices and behaviors in our learning places and spaces as well as supporting educators, especially educators of color, in navigating and disrupting our district as a predominantly white institution''.
The stipulation was first mentioned in March when an agreement was reached, citing the fact that the majority of senior teachers in Minneapolis are White, and People of Color are typically the first to go when layoffs occur. The stipulation was first mentioned in March when an agreement was reached, citing the fact that the majority of senior teachers in Minneapolis are White, and People of Color are typically the first to be laid off.
Some conservative activists were outraged, including public school reform activist Christopher Rufo, who tweeted, ''This is the inevitable endpoint of 'equity''. Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney who is Black, said, ''It's racist. It's discriminatory, it's illegal. It should be invalidated immediately. I read what the union says. They said they want students to have teachers that look like them. Wrong. The students need teachers who will educate them. Educate. Not what they look like!''.
The Minneapolis teachers union has negotiated a contract in which the district will fire white teachers first. This is the inevitable endpoint of "equity."https://t.co/my2jMjpsvr pic.twitter.com/UKiyhLP37G— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) August 15, 2022
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also criticized the deal, tweeting, ''This is racist. This is illegal. This is another example of why government unions should be eliminated''. A spokesperson for the school district told Fox News Digital, ''To remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) mutually agreed to contract language that aims to support the recruitment and retention of teachers from underrepresented groups as compared to the labor market and to the community served by the school district''.