Teacher who protested lack of discipline sues St. Paul schools

May 13, 2017 by

By Josh Verges –

An African-American former teacher is suing St. Paul Public Schools for racial discrimination, claiming he was punished for criticizing the district’s racial-equity policy.

Aaron Benner said during a May 2014 school board meeting that under the policy, the district was setting up African-American students for failure by not sufficiently disciplining them for bad behavior.

The following school year, Benner was the subject of four investigations into his job performance. He left that summer to work for a charter school.

The St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity on March 31 found probable cause that the school district violated the city’s human rights ordinance.

Aaron Benner is pictured in this Sept. 17, 2015 screenshot. (KARE 11)

Human rights specialist Alyssa Wetzel-Moore concluded that Benner, the only black teacher at John A. Johnson Elementary, had been discriminated against because of his race. She said his principal, Lisa Gruenewald, subjected him to unequal scrutiny for the way he dealt with a bully and when he called in sick.

“It is clear that the District investigation is a tool used by Gruenewald to harass (Benner) and set (Benner) for termination,” Wetzel-Moore wrote.

The city office recommended that the parties try to settle the case. Instead, Benner sued Thursday in U.S. District Court. He is seeking money for lost pay, mental anguish and compensatory and punitive damages.

Source: Teacher who protested lack of discipline sues St. Paul schools – Twin Cities

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    Ned

    Aaron Benner is a man that GETS IT! Lack of discipline grows them into monsters and criminals.
    That is a FACT and goes beyond SKIN COLOR. Reinstate this man!

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