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Parents Defending Education filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights over an agreement with the teachers’ union that stipulated the district would create mentorship and development programs for educators of color, without opening the programs to all employees.
The lawsuit was filed against Jefferson Public Schools in Jefferson, Colorado, “for discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance in violation of both title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“PDE is filing this complaint as an interested third-party organization that opposes racial discrimination and political indoctrination in American schools,” the complaint states.
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The collective agreement between the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district stipulated that several programs were to be implemented by the district for teachers of color, without opening the programs to all employees.
The agreement notes that the district and union will work together to “create a safe space where educators of color can meet and support each other,” create a “mentorship program for educators of color in the district who will be mentored by educators from color more experienced”. and “implementing programs to help current educators of color obtain leadership licenses and gain employment in district administration and leadership roles.”
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“At no point in the entire negotiated 104-page framework agreement does the document state that these opportunities are open to all employees,” the Parents Defending Education complaint states.
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The agreement also states that the district will “actively recruit people of color and other underrepresented groups to [an] Equity Ombudsman position. »
“Regardless of intent, it is illegal to treat people differently based on skin color, which is why we flagged this as an OCR complaint,” said Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education. at Fox News Digital.
Another union agreement between Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Teachers Union stipulated that teachers from “underrepresented populations” would be fired before white teachers, and Neily said such agreements could become more common.
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Teachers’ unions “place their policy far above any student welfare or any objective measure of student academic achievement”.
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“If it’s something that comes from the top, I have no doubt it will carry over to local labor agreements with districts,” Neily said.