For Immediate Release: July 14, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: “Teaching children the heritage of Western civilization is very important,” said Ed Martin, President of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “New York, however, has decided that demanding teachers understand the liberal arts and sciences apparently violates the Civil Rights Act.”
From 1990 to 2014, New York State has required the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test for teacher licensing. A 2012 court ruling found that this test violated Title VII of the Civil Rights act, finding that the topic doesn’t necessarily relate to what teachers do in the classroom and doesn’t lead to better performing teachers.
As a result of the court decision, New York City has recently awarded $835 million in judgements to black and latino teachers who were unable to pass the test. The city has announced their plan to fatten the pie to $1.8 billion for future claims.
“If a minority student fails a test, attributing it to their skin color would be decried as racist,” Martin continued. “But now, unqualified teachers who happen to be black or latino are getting paid because they claim the test was biased in favor of whites.
“Look no further for even more evidence that the public school system is still going down the drain. The left is constantly on the attack against our Western civilization and heritage, and the trashing of liberal arts education is yet another front to this fight. Teacher testing on liberal arts and sciences is a model we must preserve despite the grumblings of the wokesters who cried ‘racism.'”
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