Former Pittsburgh School Teacher Sues, Claims Anti-Male Bias Led To Program Cuts

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In this era of tight school budgets, it's perhaps not surprising that Pittsburgh teacher George Kirk wasn't able to secure the funds he needed to purchase safety glasses and special jackets for his welding students.

But the former Pittsburgh Public Schools employee alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday that it wasn't a lack of resources, but rather a bias against men by a predominately female-run department that eventually resulted in his furlough last year and the discontinuation of the welding program at the district's Career and Technical Education Department.

In his complaint, Kirk says that while he was denied funds for his students' equipment, a cosmetology teacher in the same department was able to spend money to send a cosmetology student to a "hair show" in Baltimore, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Further, Kirk alleges bias against his gender when he applied to become executive director of the department two years ago. The job instead went to a woman, which the lawsuit characterizes as "a cosmetology teacher with little or no management or supervisory experience."

What's more, Kirk says in the complaint, supervisory positions in the department "have been awarded exclusively to women for almost a decade."

The lawsuit also alleges that the department shortchanged programs that attract mostly male students.

A district spokeswoman told The Associated Press that she couldn't comment on the pending legal matter.

Kirk who worked for the district for a dozen years, was furloughed last year, according to the Post-Gazette.

The welding program, which graduated seven students in the past three years, was eliminated in December as part of a series of closures caused by the district's financial woes.



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HpaulQ

This is part of the war waged against boys and young men,part of the institutionalized misandry sponsored by feminists' organizations entrenched in the government.
writing class for black young men,in a poor neighborhood is illegal but math class for female students is legal,the feminists' organization is simply a group of man haters that seek the destruction and enslavement of men.
depriving men from education and acquiring necessary skills to be employable is part of their agenda.

I commend the courage of the teacher,who are standing for the basic human rights that are being violated,the right of equal opportunity,the right to get education..

May 16 2012 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

Very short-sighted.
Welding is a highly demanded skill.

May 16 2012 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dutch

Bittches gettin even wit The Man.

May 16 2012 at 1:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
omensofaries

Perhaps the gals feel things like welding and other shop-type skills should be done in China while knowing how to put on make-up is more important for American growth.. Just guessing, of course.

May 15 2012 at 11:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Carolyn

good thing you're only guessing - I happen to know many females who enjoy shop type skills. I'm one of them. My father taught me carpentry, my husband taught me how to weld - and how to build lots of electronic devices - oh, I do wear makeup too - but never had to go to class for that -

May 16 2012 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brooke!

This has been happening forever with female dominated classes. Not saying it's right, but at least more attention will be brought to this kind of thing.

May 15 2012 at 10:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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purehawk1

Indeed, well it's been happening to blacks for ages and still today and it doesn't matter how much education you have you will overlooked for the same jobs and unemployed. But, as you've stated it's interesting that it's a white male feeling the brunt of discrimination and making the claim and it might bring more attention to this kind of thing, or not.

May 15 2012 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carolyn

Women have been discriminated against through the ages as well - All descrimination should stop - but then we are only human and have our faults - but it sure would be nice to be on a level playing field when it comes to jobs and housing. This class though doesn't sound like it was very popular - only 7 students in 3 years?

May 16 2012 at 4:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
ilenedan2

Since only 7 students took it in 3 yars, I am guessing this wasn't a very good teacher or program and it was cut due to lack of interest. Most HS classes in my experience graduate 20 kids or so, per class.

May 15 2012 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peg2584

"The welding program, which graduated seven students in the past three years, was eliminated in December as part of a series of closures caused by the district's financial woes."

That averages out to less than 3 students a year. The story doesn't say how many people were graduating from the cosmotology program. But I'm really thinking that, as with any business, the money goes to the departments that are producing, not those that don't. The cutting of the welding program seems like a purely economic decision and not reverse sexism I can't form an opinion on the other issues in his complaint.

May 15 2012 at 9:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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ilenedan2

Yup.

May 15 2012 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tombill333

A kid might be able to get work as a welder. It's much more important to teach more enlightened courses so we'll have the best educated unemployed population in the world.

May 15 2012 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sylvie

Discrimination knows no race, religion, nor gender.

May 15 2012 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
juanillegal

'Bout time...

May 15 2012 at 8:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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