As if Dr. Martin Luther King never lived, and George Wallace never died, the Minneapolis Public Schools have embraced old-fashioned, naked bigotry: In case of layoffs, they will ignore classroom effectiveness, override seniority and dismiss white teachers before ‘educators of color.’
One might respect this madness if it at least were written in clear, bracingly cold English — e.g., ‘Fire Whitey first.’
Instead, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers’ new contract with its school district swaddles this policy in a euphemistic fog: ‘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.’
Education and law experts blast this ludicrous measure.
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