What are your thoughts on the Minneapolis Teachers’ Union calling for layoffs of white teachers first?

Minneapolis teachers union contract calls for layoffs of white teachers first

A Minneapolis teachers union contract stipulates that white teachers will be laid off or reassigned before “educators of color” in the event Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) needs to reduce staff.

One of the proposals dealt with “educators of color protections.” The agreement states that if a non-white teacher is subject to excess, MPS must excess a white teacher with the “next least” seniority.

The agreement adds that non-white teachers, as well as those working in various programs, “may be exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order.” The agreement also prioritizes the reinstatement of teachers from “underrepresented populations” over white teachers.

Questions:

  • What are your thoughts on this new contract?
  • Do you think there will be any pushback on it?
  • Do you see policies like this becoming more or less common?
  • What effects do you think this will have on the district (employees/students/etc)?

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