Elected officials, parent leaders and educators ripped Mayor de Blasio’s choice of Richard Carranza for city schools chancellor after a suit alleging sexual discrimination by Carranza came to light. The suit said Carranza, 51, ruined the career of a female educator in San Francisco after she called him out for flirting with a female colleague while Carranza was the city’s superintendent in 2013. The suit claimed that the plaintiff, longtime San Francisco educator Veronica Chavez, was passed over for a job by Carranza in retribution, and that he created an atmosphere within the district that stifled the careers of female educators. San Francisco school officials settled the suit but denied any wrongdoing on Carranza’s part. He has refused to answer questions about it. NYC schools boss choice accused of ruining educator's career Still, the flap shows that Carranza is not suitable to run the country’s largest school system, … [Read more...] about Lawmakers, parents blast de Blasio for selecting schools chancellor pick accused of sexual discrimination
The momentum toward a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis seemed to gain last week as legislators and Dayton administration reportedly told the team that its preferred site in Ardens Hill wouldn't work, Baird Helgeson reports. The Vikings have shown renewed interest in the so-called Linden Avenue site, even meeting with Father John Bauer, rector of the nearby Basilica of St. Mary. Said Ramsey County's chief lobbyist: "Frankly, if it is Minneapolis, so be it." The local chapter of the NAACP has collected 160 complaints from workers and park users who accuse the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of discrimination, Nicole Norfleet reports. A meeting is scheduled for later this week about the NAACP's investigation, which was first reported in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. The park board said it has only received two complaints about discrimination recently, but the superintendent acknowledges that the workforce needs more diversity. A Somali-American cab driver worries for … [Read more...] about Monday roundup: Stadium pitch rises, park board discrimination complaints, Catholic educator mourned
Here's an interesting report from The Religion News Service that states a Vatican official on Monday “voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of legal protection even as he reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.” “Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, also said the church should do more to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in countries where homosexuality is illegal.” “In his first Vatican press conference since his appointment as the Catholic Church’s ‘minister’ for family, Paglia conceded that there are several kinds of ‘cohabitation forms that do not constitute a family,’ and that their number is growing. “Paglia suggested that nations could find ‘private law solutions’ to help individuals who live in non-matrimonial relations, ‘to prevent injustice and make their life easier.’" … [Read more...] about Report: Vatican official seeks to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination
Being home for a long 5 day weekend with all the children, brought out great things for our family. It brought us closer, we were able to have long, lazy days filled with board games, movies and sledding. We also were able to have good one on time with our 3 school-aged children and find out more about their lives. This one on one time led to us finding out one of our daughters is being teased at school. As our weekend drew on, my husband and I pieced more and more together and found out our normally very strong, independent, and normally our leader is getting teased at school so much she is wanting to change what she looks like. That was alarming on many points, because she normally doesn't care what she or anyone else really looks like, fashion isn't her thing, style isn't something she has or cares about. So when she told my husband she wanted to change how she looked, we got worried. A little back story here, we live in a community where we are blessed … [Read more...] about Harmless Teasing or Reverse Discrimination?
DULUTH, Minn. — An exuberant Shannon Miller emerged from the front doors of the federal courthouse in Duluth on Thursday afternoon, pumping her fists amid cheers and celebratory music from a crowd of supporters. Minutes earlier, jurors awarded the former University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach $3.74 million after an eight-day trial in her lawsuit against her longtime employer. The jury of eight women and four men took a little over four hours to find that UMD discriminated against Miller on the basis of her sex and retaliated against her for making Title IX complaints when officials decided in December 2014 not to offer her a new contract. “It’s a big day for women,” Miller proclaimed on the courthouse steps. “Women in general, but especially women in college athletics.” Standing by her side, Miller’s lead attorney, Dan Siegel, used the word “brave” to describe his client, crediting her for taking on the three-year … [Read more...] about Former UMD women’s hockey coach awarded $3.74M in sex discrimination lawsuit