Teachers' union has budget-cutting plan: Lay off the white teachers first

Teachers' union has budget-cutting plan: Lay off the white teachers first

Teachers' union has budget-cutting plan: Lay off the white teachers first

A teachers’ union contract stipulates that white teachers must get the ax first in the event of layoffs, which is amazingly brazen and probably illegal, but a black conservative activist says nobody should be surprised to learn wokeness bows to a hierarchy of victimhood.

The contract between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools goes into effect 2023. It stipulates that if the school district is forced to reduce teacher numbers, which is possible because of budget woes, the district will get rid of a teacher with the least seniority who is not a member of an “underrepresented population.”

'Libs' gives parents glimpse of battle for children's minds

Bob Kellogg, AFN.net

During a summer of family vacations and swimming pools, students at a Minnesota elementary school were being advised to read a pro-transgender children's book over the school break.

Thanks to her own TikTok video, school principal Stacy DeCorsey was exposed for suggesting students read the book "Jack, Not Jackie" before the new school year began.

“I’ve been doing some reading this summer,” DeCorsey says, “and so I thought I would share a couple of books because you have a little bit of time left to do some reading.”

DeCorsey is principal at Excelsior Elementary School, located in the city of the same name.

Renee Carlson, an attorney with the Minnesota-passed True North Legal, says the school leader’s TikTok video exposed one skirmish in the ongoing battle for children's minds.

"There's definitely been a battle for children's minds in Minnesota schools,” she says. “So, unfortunately, it's not shocking to me to learn this school administrator is recommending this book that promotes gender ideology for children as young as kindergarten."

DeCorsey, who later claimed she regretted the book recommendation, was exposed by Libs of TikTok, the Twitter channel that is exposing crazed woke-filled school teachers to the public.

Donna Jackson of Project 21 says the policy sounds like the logical conclusion of today's far-left educational policies. Even worse, she adds, it’s probably a logical outgrowth of Critical Race Theory and its Marxist roots, which states society suffers from white oppressors. 

“That's the whole push of CRT,” she tells AFN, “that we're going to elevate the marginalized. We're going to tear down all of our systems and institutions.”

Minneapolis is already a supposed utopia of Marxist ideology, where three self-identified Democratic Socialists were elected to the city council in 2021. The city’s radical activists pushed for an amendment to “reimagine” law enforcement, which failed, but city government was given authority to set rent controls over the protests of landlords and property owners.

The current president of the teachers’ union is Greta Callahan, who is white. She won re-election as union president in April after defeating – ironically enough – a black opponent, Alexis Mann. Mann, an English teacher, warned earlier this year the union’s contract demands were threatening the financial stability of the school district, which is already struggling with a multi-million dollar budget gap and is cutting costs going into the 2022-2023 school year.

Jackson, Donna (Project 21) Jackson

Minneapolis Public Schools is bleeding students as well as money: Enrollment was down 12% in the fall of 2021, and the start of 2022 school year showed 3,336 students were no longer in a classroom.

Regarding the legality of sacrificing white teachers first, Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute tells AFN that agreement is blatantly unconstitutional.

Dacus, Brad (PJI) Dacus

“If the United States Supreme Court would rule on this contract,” Dacus says, “I believe that they would find that it violates Title VII. And it also, for that matter, violates the 14th amendment.”

Title VII is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race. The 14th Amendment famously includes the Equal Protection clause, which says every American must be treated the same under the law.

The teachers' union and the school district are not running from the race issue, either. A statement from Minneapolis Public Schools said the contract stipulation is part of an effort to "remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination." 

Dacus says everyone would recognize that the contract is unconstitutional if the race roles were reversed.

“What's good for the goose is good for the gander,” he concludes. “If it's race-based discrimination, then it's not tolerable despite whatever race they're benefiting.”