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Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota Federation of Teachers (MFT) agreement that laid off white teachers before firing teachers of other races.

“Starting with 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 read, adding that teachers from “underrepresented populations” would be prioritized over white teachers.

The agreement, which has come under attack by lawyers claiming that it violated the Civil Rights Act, came about after a 14-day strike earlier this year that led to an agreement that “provided protection for educators of color.”

“It is incredible that in this day and age a school system would engage in blatant racial discrimination in employing teachers,” the President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, told Fox News adding, “The courts can’t move soon enough to shut down this extreme leftist attack on the bedrock constitutional principle that no one can be denied equal treatment under law on account of race.”

The legal foundation’s lawsuit argues that the agreement violates the Equal Protection Guarantee of the Minnesota Constitution which reads, “No member of this State shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land, or the judgment of his peers.”

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While the lawsuit will now be considered in court, the educators are refusing to back down despite the legal challenge.

“The same people who want to take down teachers unions and blame seniority are now defending it for White people,” Greta Callahan, president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, stated in response to criticism. “This is all made up by the right-wing now. And we could not be more proud of this language.”

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“We need to retain our educators, especially those who are underrepresented,” she continued. “And this language does one tiny, minuscule step towards that, but doesn’t solve the real crisis we’re in right now.”

Callahan also argued that the discrimination of teachers based on race was a “non-story” despite multiple legal experts disagreeing: “Now it’s coming out because some third-rate, off-brand, Breitbart Minnesotan website decided to put it out there, and the MAGA media picked it up. And they were waiting for mainstream media to run with this story. It’s a non-story.”

Minneapolis, which has become the center of the Black Lives Matter movement, has clearly – in its efforts at “racial justice” – brought itself back to the 1950s in its attempts at racial discrimination. Hopefully, this agreement will be struck down and Judicial Watch will come out victorious for the sake of all educators in Minneapolis public schools.


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