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Report: Minneapolis to Prioritize Laying Off White Teachers

Amid enrollment and funding reductions in the crime-ravaged region, Minneapolis Public Schools plan to lay off white teachers before any teachers…
Teachers and their supporters stand outside as Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff and School Board Chair Kim Ellison give an indoor press conference March 25 to announce the new tentative contract agreements reached with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP File)
Teachers and their supporters stand outside as Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff and School Board Chair Kim Ellison give an indoor press conference March 25 to announce the new tentative contract agreements reached with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP File)

Amid enrollment and funding reductions in the crime-ravaged region, Minneapolis Public Schools plan to lay off white teachers before any teachers of color under a new union agreement reached this past spring.

The agreement to end a two-week teacher strike exempts teachers from “underrepresented” populations from seniority-based layoffs, and it goes into effect in spring 2023.

MPS had a last-in, first-out policy that led to 50 non-white teachers losing their jobs this fall, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers fought against that policy, and now non-white teachers who were most recently hired will be retained in lieu of white teachers with more seniority, ABC News-4 reported Monday.

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