MNT- Tracy Rosner, a third-grade teacher at Coral Reef Elementary, filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida last week claiming employment discrimination on the basis of her race — which is white.
Miami-Dade School Board attorneys have not filed a formal response in court and did not return calls for comment Thursday. We’ll update this post if they provide one.
Rosner’s attorneys write that her school’s students are on three tracks: college preparatory, gifted, and extended foreign language (EFL), where they receive one hour of foreign language instruction per day. In May 2015, Rosner requested to be reassigned to the EFL track, where students are taught both English and another language.But Rosner says the principal had an unfair policy of requiring its foreign language teachers to actually speak the language they were teaching. In a totally ¿En serio? moment, Rosner claims that she was “otherwise fully qualified” for the job and that the policy is discriminatory. Her complaint says the school could have given her the job and then just had someone else teach the foreign language component for one hour per day.
After she was denied the job, Rosner says, the school’s principal retaliated by doubling her workload and asking her to teach all the subjects instead of just reading and language arts. Rosner apparently complained to the superintendent and even made a formal complaint to the school district’s civil rights office, but administrators there found no probable cause and closed the case.
The lawsuit claims that non-Spanish speakers are a minority population in Miami-Dade County and that seeking employment solely from Spanish speakers “disproportionately affects” Rosner and others like her.
“As a direct and proximate result of the retaliation against Ms. Rosner, and the violation of her rights… Ms. Rosner was provided a less desirable position and has damages including emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, [and] loss of enjoyment of life,” the lawsuit states.
Now at first I thought this teacher was being foolish. Like why on earth would you want to teach Spanish to half a class filled with Spanish kids cause it’s Miami when you don’t know Spanish. It’s Miami we’re talking about here. Those kids are ruthless in high school. We had one teacher that taught french who looked like Yoda but the big knock was that she never even been to France. She commanded no respect. From the kids. Why get a white lady who’s never even been to french teach french, let alone a Spanish teacher who doesn’t even speak Spanish. It would be like finding a power slugger outside of Cuba to join the Cuban baseball team . There’s just so much more talent readily available.
But then apparently this is 3rd grade Spanish? who the fuck cares about third grade Spanish. your brain doesn’t learn foreign languages at that age. Our brains probably can’t even understand our 1st language yet at that age. I can’t recall a lick of any thing when i was in 3rd grade. Not even sure I had a Spanish teacher even though i know our school required it every year. In south Florida I’m pretty sure how it works is you just learn to conjugate verbs and learn when to put an “s” or “es” at the end of things. And then all Spanish teachers in SoFla will teach you that “Boca Raton” means the “mouth of the Mouse or Rat”. Anyone out there who had a Spanish language class in south Florida try to tell me other wise. See I think this lady should be able to teach 3rd grade Spanish because I’m pretty sure i just taught everything they normally teach.