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White teachers must be first to be first laid off under Minneapolis agreement

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/15/2022 Asher Notheis
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White teachers must be laid off or reassigned first before “educators of color” under the terms of a Minneapolis teachers union contract between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union and the school district.

The contract's “educators of color protections” section states that if a nonwhite teacher is subject to excess, the district must instead excess a white teacher with the “next least” seniority, according to Alpha News. The agreement was made on March 25 between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the district to end a 14-day teacher strike, the Sunday report stated.

“Starting with the Spring 2023 Budget Tie-Out Cycle, if excessing 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 states.

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"Excessing" is defined as "the process of reducing staff in a particular school when there is a reduction in the number of available positions in a title or license area in that school," according to the United Federation of Teachers.

The agreement also states that nonwhite teachers “may be exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order.” The agreement also allows teachers from “underrepresented populations” to be reinstated to their positions over white teachers, according to the outlet.

The reasoning in the agreement for enacting these measures is “to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the District.”

James Dickey, a senior trial counsel at the Upper Midwest Law Center and a member of its legal team, claimed the racial component of the agreement violates the constitutions of both Minnesota and the United States. He encourages “any Minneapolis taxpayer or teacher who opposes this racial preference system” to send the law center an email.

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The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers did not respond to a request for comment.

 

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