Fury as Minneapolis teachers union says WHITE teachers laid off first regardless of seniority

A new contract between public schools and the teachers’ union in the city of Minneapolis is causing outrage because it may see white teachers laid off at the expense of teachers of color.

The stipulation is part of a new agreement starting in spring 2023 between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools ending a two-week long teachers’ strike. 

Part of the agreement was an attempt to re-format how the school district hires and keeps teachers of color. 

The new contract says that, while teachers subject to layoffs or relocations will typically be done based off seniority, they may go outside the order to avoid doing that to a teacher who is ‘a member of a population underrepresented’.  

This prioritizing may also apply to bring back teachers who were laid off should re-hires occur.

Teachers’ unions typically support the Democrat Party, with Minnesota Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan having posed for a photo with far left Representative Ilhan Omar, along with fellow squad members Rashida Tliab, Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush while supporting Omar’s nearly ill-fated primary bid last week.  

The move was met with a swift backlash, with an economics professor branding it ‘racism in action’. 

A new contract between public schools and the teachers' union in the city of Minneapolis is causing outrage because it may see white teachers laid off at the expense of teachers of color

A new contract between public schools and the teachers’ union in the city of Minneapolis is causing outrage because it may see white teachers laid off at the expense of teachers of color

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan posed for a photo with far left Representative Ilhan Omar, along with fellow squad members Rashida Tliab, Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush while supporting Omar's nearly ill-fated primary bid last week

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Greta Callahan posed for a photo with far left Representative Ilhan Omar, along with fellow squad members Rashida Tliab, Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush while supporting Omar’s nearly ill-fated primary bid last week 

The stipulation is part of a new agreement starting in spring 2023 between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools ending a two-week long teachers' strike

The stipulation is part of a new agreement starting in spring 2023 between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools ending a two-week long teachers’ strike

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’.  

The agreement could prove important very soon, given that the district is likely to cut jobs because of budget reductions due to lower enrollments, according to ABC News 4.  

The new contract also calls for the development of ‘anti-bias anti-racist’ staff advisory councils. 

They are supposed to focus, according to the contract, on: ‘reducing inequitable practices and behaviors in our learning places and spaces as well as supporting educators, specifically educators of color, in navigating and disrupting our district as a predominantly white institution’. 

The stipulation was first hinted at back in March when an agreement was first struck, citing the fact that the most senior teachers in Minneapolis are majority white and people of color were typically the first on the chopping block when layoffs happened. 

The deal that ended the Minneapolis’ teachers strike in March 

The contract that ended a two-week strike was initially agreed to in March, according to MPR News.

At the time, union leaders called the contract ‘historic’ and cited gains for education support professionals, caps on class sizes, more nurses in schools and mental health professionals. 

The deal brought hourly pay to $19 per hour for the lowest paid education support professionals, a raise of about $4 per hour and $11,000 a year. 

The new deal also included double the number of nurses and counselors in elementary schools as well as a social worker in every building.

Union reps told MPR News at the time that this protected about ‘half’ of the teachers of color in the district.  

Some conservative activists were outrage, including public school reform activist Christopher Rufo.

He tweeted: ‘This is the inevitable endpoint of ‘equity”. 

The 1776 Project Pac, a conservative political action committee, called the agreement: ‘Breathtakingly racist and outright unconstitutional’. 

Mark J. Perry called it: ‘Racism in action’. 

A spokesperson for the school district said: ‘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’. 

It’s the latest instance of teachers’ unions espousing left wing ideals in education.

The AFT and the NEA have both endorsed the controversial 1619 project for inclusion in school curriculum. The project which had its inception as a New York Times opus was hailed a ‘corrective history’ of slavery in America. But it has been fraught with criticism for ignoring facts in favor of a revisionist narrative that skews left. 

Meanwhile, though Weingarten’s official stance is that Critical Race Theory is not taught in classrooms, she recently pushed back against parents who spoke out against it. Yet a myriad of reports suggests that those parents’ fears that it has seeped into classrooms are well founded.

In Buffalo, New York, students are told that ‘all white people’ perpetuate systemic racism. The Arizona Department of Education has created an ‘equity’ toolkit which claims that babies show the first signs of racism at three months old and that white children become full blown racists at five.

Randi Weingarten often mixes with Democratic politicians. Then-Senator Kamala Harris appeared with her at the AFT's 2019 conference

Randi Weingarten often mixes with Democratic politicians. Then-Senator Kamala Harris appeared with her at the AFT’s 2019 conference

Weingarten was with then-candidate Joe Biden at a town hall in Houston as part of his presidential election campaign

Weingarten was with then-candidate Joe Biden at a town hall in Houston as part of his presidential election campaign

Weingarten was the first union boss to endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton announced her candidacy to the Senate at the United Federation of Teachers – which Weingarten then headed – in 1999

Weingarten was the first union boss to endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton announced her candidacy to the Senate at the United Federation of Teachers – which Weingarten then headed – in 1999

Weingarten campaigned for progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren in 2019 as the Massachusetts senator vied for the Democratic presidential nomination

Weingarten campaigned for progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren in 2019 as the Massachusetts senator vied for the Democratic presidential nomination

In Cupertino, California, third graders are asked to deconstruct their racial identities and rank themselves according to their ‘power and privilege.’

The principal of a school in New York City sent white parents a ‘tool for action’ which tells them they must become ‘white traitors’ and advocate for ‘white abolition.’

And in Seattle there are training sessions for teachers in which schools were deemed guilty of ‘spirit murder’ against black children.

All these notions are central to CRT as presented by radical proponents Bettina Love and Ibram X. Kendi.In its latest handbook for a return to school post COVID the Department of Education included a link to Love’s Abolitionist Teaching Network’s Guide to Racial and Restorative Justice, a work that accuses white teachers of the ‘spirit murder’ of minority children and advocates for all white teachers to be given ‘anti-racist therapy.’

source: dailymail.co.uk