Under a new collective bargaining agreement agreed to by the Minneapolis Teachers Union, teachers of color in Minneapolis would be given extra job security while white teachers would be laid off first due to the color of their skin.
Published over the weekend, the contract states that “teachers of color may be exempted from district-wide layoffs outside seniority order,” meaning workplace seniority in these schools now depends on the color of skin in the Minneapolis district.
The district has been facing mounting economic pressure due to a sharp decline in classroom learning due to the draconian pandemic response.
“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 last senior teacher, who is not a member of an underrepresented population.”
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 60 percent of students in Minneapolis are non-white compared to 16 percent of the full-time teachers, and 27 percent of the probationary teachers.
“The CBA openly discriminates against white teachers based only on the color of their skin, and not their seniority or merit,” said James Dickey, senior trial counsel at the Upper Midwest Law Center.
The Star-Tribune also reports that the school district is set to lose more than four dozen teachers in the fall this year due to layoffs amid declining enrollment of in-person students.
While many have decried the contract as the definition of racism, leftists see it as a “model” for America and other cities “to emulate.”
“It can be a national model and schools and other states are looking to emulate what we did.” Minneapolis Federation of Teachers executive board member, Edward Barlow said in supporting the bill.