Rep. Tim Kelly today called on the Michigan State Board of Education to investigate the Ferndale Public Schools and Michigan Education Association after a discriminatory employee contract became public that encourages special rights for people “of the non-Christian faith.”
“This is outrageous that we have laws prohibiting this type of discrimination yet the unions think they are above the law and can give preferential treatment to specific groups,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township. “I am calling on state board president John Austin to investigate this contract along with others around the state that have such intolerant policies.”
The reference is part of an employee contract regarding the promotion of people to vacant positions within the school district. The contract states that special consideration should be given to some people including “those of the non-Christian faith.”
According to Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, a potential employee shall not be discriminated against based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight or marital status. Kelly said the Ferndale contract is in direct violation of current law and the Attorney General’s office should also examine all public school contracts for violations.
“It’s shocking that a publicly funded institution would allow bigotry and intolerance to be enshrined in its formal contract,” said Kelly, who served as Gov. John Engler’s education advisor. “What may be even more disturbing is that the passage apparently didn’t raise any red flags from anyone within the school’s legal counsel, union or administration.
“Instead of relying on the tired notion that diversity can be achieved solely by hiring folks with different skin tones or religions, it would be refreshing if schools made a point to seek out a diversity of thought and opinion.”