The President of the American Federation fo Teachers now appears to have an endorsed a controversial policy that would promote discrimination against white teachers in Minneapolis. The policy would reportedly see white educators fired first before their black or brown co-workers, in the event of layoffs. The policy would be the first of its in kind in the United States.
As Fox News reports:
President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten appeared to endorse Monday a race-based policy between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and a district which said White educators would be laid off first before teachers of color in a scenario in which a school faces staff cuts.
Weingarten tweeted an article from the Associated Press about the agreement reached between the union and the Minneapolis Public Schools district, and said, “This.” She also included a quote from a local teacher union leader, who said, “The same people who want to take down teachers unions and blame seniority are now defending it for white people. This is all made up by the right wing now.”
The policy said, “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.”
Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney, said. “It’s illegal, it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment… You’re using race as a criteria to lay of individuals. It’s illegal. It’s unconstitutional.”