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Under the Minneapolis agreement, white teachers will always be first in line to be laid off

The union required that white teachers must be laid off or reassigned before educating “educators of color” under the terms of a contract.

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According to a contract between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union and the school district, white teachers must be laid off or reassigned before “educators of color.”

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

As of 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 reads.

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According to the United Federation of Teachers, “excessing” means “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.”

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In addition, the agreement states that nonwhite educators “may be exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order.” According to the report, the agreement also permits the preferential rehiring of educators from “underrepresented populations” over white educators.

The agreement states that these measures are being implemented in order “to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the District.”

Upper Midwest Law Center senior trial counsel James Dickey argued that the agreement’s racial provision ran afoul of the state and federal constitutions. Anyone in Minneapolis “who is a taxpayer or a teacher and who is opposed to this racial preference system” should contact the law center, he says.

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No one from the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers was available for comment.

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Asher Notheis is the original author.

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