Aaron Benner is a black elementary school teacher, formerly with the St. Paul School District in Minnesota.
And now, he’s also a guy with a giant chunk of cash.
Well, the story began during the 2014-2015 schol year, when Aaron called out the school for letting minority students get away with misbehavior.
As reported by Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Benner, who is black, accused the district of failing black students by not holding them accountable for disruptive behavior. The district was being led then by Valeria Silva, who sought to reduce racial disparities in student discipline.
Resultantly, as per his 2015 federal lawsuit, the school system — despite him having never been reprimanded in 19 years as an educator — used four separate investigations to essentially force him to quit.
Well, on Tuesday night, a settlement was won. And it ain’t no little bag of coins, neither.
Aaron scored $525,000.
In an email, he expressed his gratitude toward a higher power:
I thank God for all the blessings in my life. I turned 50 this year, got married in July and now (there is) this settlement.
The system issued a statement, among which lay the absence of admitted guilt:
This agreement enables the district to avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of protracted legal proceedings regarding its previous policies, practices and expectations.
Of course, ultimately, it isn’t the district that’ll cough up the dough, but the taxpayers.
However, St. Paul seems cool with spending from the trough.
As noted by The O’Reilly Factor in 2015:
“For the past five years the St. Paul, Minnesota school district has spent nearly $3 million on ‘white privilege’ training done by a far-Left outfit called the Pacific Educational Group. That training tells teachers to overlook transgressions by minority students; to treat them differently than white students.”
Maybe they can save on that kind of instruction going forward.
Aaron now serves as an administrator for St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall
charter school Catholic high school.
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