St. Paul schools retaliated against black teacher who criticized ‘white privilege’ training

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A former St. Paul Public Schools teacher is suing the district for allegedly retaliating against him for criticizing white privilege training for teachers and related lax discipline policies that shortchanged students.

Former fourth grade teacher Aaron Benner spoke out during the 2014-15 school year about the district’s white privilege training for teachers, which reframed school policies in terms of “white privilege” and instituted “restorative justice” and “relationship building” programs in place of suspensions and other traditional discipline administrators deemed biased against minority students.