New Minnesota Teachers Contract Says White Teachers Would Be Laid Off First Before Black Teachers

 New Minnesota Teachers Contract Says White Teachers Would Be Laid Off First Before Black Teachers

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It’s safe to say Minneapolis public school teachers of color will be protected from district-wide layoffs this upcoming school semester, NY Post reports. The contract states that White teachers with higher seniority would lose their jobs first before black teachers. 

The announcement was made Monday by the labor union whose goal is to protect the

“underrepresented populations.”

According to a Minnesota outlet the agreement read,

“Starting with the Spring 2023 Budget Tie-Out Cycle, if excessing [reducing] a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site, the District shall excess the next least senior teacher, who is not a member of an underrepresented population.”

The agreement also brought up the lack of diversity in the teaching staff. The teachers union and the school district came to a

“mutual agreement”,

a Minneapolis Public Schools spokesperson told the outlet. However, some teachers are calling the deal unconstitutional.

“The [collective bargaining agreement] … openly discriminates against white teachers based only on the color of their skin, and not their seniority or merit,”

James Dickey, senior trial counsel at UMLC, reportedly said.

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

Tatiana Tait

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