Remember,teachers, you’re also privileged, so you don’t have the right to be scared.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The teachers of the St. Paul school district are “scared” of some of their students and the dangerous environment in their classrooms, according to an anonymous teacher who sent a heartfelt message to a reporter from the local newspaper.

spps(2)But the environment in the district may be unlikely to change any time soon. That’s because Valeria Silva, the district superintendent whose policies have been blamed for the chaos in the schools, has a new three-year contract with a big raise.

The St. Paul district has been plagued in recent years by new student disciplinary policies that seem to involve very little discipline at all. Violent or unruly students are frequently given short “time outs” to calm down, then are returned to their classrooms, according to numerous sources.

Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions have declined dramatically, particularly for black students, who in prior years received an inordinate number of those types of punishments.

The new forgiving polices were approved by Silva and the school board, in consultation with the Pacific Educational Group (PEG).

PEG officials believe that American schools are plagued with “white privilege.” That means they are based on white cultural norms for the benefit of white students, to the detriment of black students and other minorities.