Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, endorsed the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers’ race-based policy of firing white teachers before black or brown teachers in a scenario where a school faces staff cuts.
In a tweet, Weingarten posted a link from the Associated Press about the city’s agreement between the union and the Minneapolis Public Schools district. She simply tweeted “This,” along with a quote that says “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 states, “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.”
Public school teachers can be cut for a number of reasons, including a decrease in the number of students enrolling in a year, or due simply to budget cuts.
Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell told Fox News that the practice is “illegal,” and that it “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.”
He said the policy could lead to a “hostile work environment.
Employment and labor attorney Helen Rela said that “It’s trying to remedy past discrimination with present discrimination, and it’s inappropriate.”
“You will create a hostile work environment where racial animus is very prevalent in schools.”
General counsel for the Southeastern Legal Foundation Kimberly Hermann told Fox News “The contract between Minneapolis Public Schools and the local teachers union… is unconstitutional… and sets our country back decades in race relations.”
Randi Weingarten made headlines after saying that Ron DeSantis’ parental rights bill was how “wars start”. “This is propaganda,” she said.