MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When teachers in Minneapolis announced a 14-day strike in March, they celebrated a groundbreaking provision in their new contract that would protect teachers of color from layoffs based on seniority and help ensure that racial minority students have teachers who look like them.
Within months, the conservative media erupted with condemnation of the policy as racist and unconstitutional discrimination against white educators. One legal group is looking for teachers and taxpayers willing to sue to get the language thrown out. The teachers union paints the dispute as a planned dispute, unless there is an immediate danger that someone will lose their job. Meanwhile, the feud unfolds just months before arguments in a pair of U.S. Supreme Court cases that could change affirmative action.
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