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0734, 17 Aug 22

Minneapolis Schools Defend Racist Layoff Policy

If they think that laying off white teachers first is an appropriate remedy for past racism, imagine what they are doing to white kids in that district.

Minneapolis Public Schools is defending its deal with the teachers’ union to lay off white educators ahead of their less-senior minority colleagues, arguing that it is a necessary measure to remedy “the effects of past discrimination.”


The school district released a statement to the Washington Times on Tuesday, offering a full-throated defense of the groundbreaking deal with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, led by president Greta Callahan.


“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,” the district said in an email.


0734, 17 August 2022


  1. Merlin

    I guess they can mutually agree to anything their hearts desire, but I hope both the school district and the union have adequate funding set aside for the guaranteed litigation heading their way. This has a zillion billable hours written all over it.

  2. Jason

    >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

    I would love to know if there is more meat in the contract than just that quote. What’s a “population”? What exactly does “underrepresented” mean? Are those mystery metrics published on a regular basis or is it a Government HR black box? Does this require DNA samples, or can any teacher pull an Elizabeth Warren?

    From what I can glean from the public documents… No, there are no additional details or definitions than that quote… The changes all reference Section 15.1.2.i which is a new sub section stating

    >15.1.2.i: Policy Language: The purpose of the language referencing this Article (15.1.2i) is to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the District. Past discrimination by the District disproportionately impacted the hiring of underrepresented teachers in the District, as compared to the relevant labor market and the community, and resulted in a lack of diversity of teachers. Language which refers to this Article will no longer be in effect once the teachers in the District reflect the diversity of the labor market and the community served by the District.

    Look at this…. this is a moving target.

    >Language which refers to this Article will no longer be in effect once the teachers in the District reflect the diversity of the labor market and the community served by the District.

    This isn’t a contract, it’s a fictional feelgood dream journal.

    Whomever signed (Greta Callahan) this on behalf of the union is a grade A idiot. She should have stayed at her level – teaching kindergarten. No way I would let her represent me in anything!

  3. Tuerqas

    So I am looking up stats for Minneapolis and this is the fact line from the search:

    >How many Black teachers in Minnesota?
    Teachers across the United States are predominantly white, even as students of color make up a majority of those enrolled in public schools. Minnesota is no exception to this disparity: one in 20 teachers here are people of color, compared to one in three students.

    First, how can the majority be students of color, yet only 1 in 3 are students of color? And these are the sorts of ‘facts’ you find with a quick search. What liberal needs to read more? The facts are right there…???

    Looking up the real facts separately, the Minneapolis/St Paul black population is 17.4% and the Minneapolis/St Paul black teacher population, according to the MPS quick facts sheet, is 17.93%. Now I also saw that the white children percentage was only about 40% according to the same source, so I guess it depends upon what demographic you are using (or believing).
    The State wide black teacher population was said to be 1.4% by the original quick search, but here is the census on MN: White: 81.64% Black or African American: 6.43% Asian: 4.91%.

    If whites are 81% of MN, the quick search stats are even more suspect, but whatever, the Minn/St Paul area does hold almost exactly half of all blacks in the state. My point is still that the percentage of MPS black teachers is actually a half percentage point high, so depending upon the wording in the contract a few black teachers need to be the first to go.

  4. Mar

    Who is let go or not should depend on their teaching performance.
    There are some old teachers who cannot do the job anymore.
    There are some young teachers who do a good job, but probably not many.
    Who gets booted out is tricky. But it should be based on merit, as long as there some metrics associated with it.

  5. MjM

    This has a zillion billable hours written all over it.

    Well, it’s unconstitutional on it’s face yet the unionistas were at least conniving enough to leave out specifying exactly who/what a “member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site” targets. As Tuerqas notes in his last sentence above the first to go could actually be a POC. If, “in the site” there are 20 teachers and the majority are POC, whitey might to keep his/her job.

    Correction: … if the majority are POC+same race.

    Anyway, it wasn’t the only time that vague hide-the-POC-bias tactic was used.

    The American Rescue Plan Act, signed by Biden in March ’21, contained $4 Billion in debt relief set aside only for actually race-identified, by way of reference, FOC (that’s Farmers of Color for those of you in Rio Linda), and was stated to be for the same excuse of “past discrimination”. Blocked by two federal Judges, the funds remain in limbo to this day.

    So here it is again, in the just-signed fraudulently-named “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022”:


    Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (7 U.S.C. 2279 note; Public Law 117-2) is amended to read as follows:
    (e) Discrimination Financial Assistance.–In addition to amounts otherwise available, there is appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture for fiscal year 2022, to remain available until September 30, 2031, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $2,200,000,000 for a program to provide financial assistance, including the cost of any financial assistance, to farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners determined to have experienced discrimination prior to January 1, 2021, in Department of Agriculture farm lending programs, under which the amount of financial assistance provided to a recipient may be not more than $500,000, as determined to be appropriate based on any consequences experienced from the discrimination, which program shall be administered through 1 or more qualified nongovernmental entities selected by the Secretary subject to standards set and enforced by the Secretary.

    In the new text of the giveaway you just have to have "experienced discrimination". And since whitey can't be discriminated against, he is discriminated against.

    (Side Bar: Don'tcha just love NGO's deciding who gets your money? Not that g'vment does any better, but…)

    Can't explain why but I have an inkling that any judge presiding over a suit brought by a white employee now against this obviously biased quackery would dismiss based on no-harm-yet-no-foul.

    Which wouldn't mean the billables stop, of course.

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