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NC Teacher Tenure Injunction Stays In Place

Yesterday, Judge Hobgood made the injunction blocking the teacher tenure law permanent.
Durham schools officials celebrated the news Friday that a Wake County judge declared the effort in the General Assembly to end “career status” for North Carolina teachers unconstitutional.
Judge Robert Hobgood ordered a permanent injunction against the Republican-backed law that required school districts to offer 25 percent of teachers contracts and $500 bonuses to those who agreed to give up “career status” early, before 2018 when it would end for all teachers.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) and six teachers, challenging the law that would strip teachers with “career status” of certain rights such as the right to a hearing if they were dismissed. – Herald Sun 05/16/14

While I oppose the current rules governing teacher tenure which include tenure being granted automatically when at teacher hits the four-year mark of continuous employment in North Carolina, this ruling actually makes sense with regard to the NC Constitution as written. Perhaps the NCGA should look at a route which incentivizes teacher to apply for a merit system instead of trying to drop tenure entirely. This would avoid the kind of suit brought by the NCAE. A search of NClet.net brought up the last time NC looked at teacher tenure with a legislative research committee. That it was 1981.
Judge Hobgood is the same Judge in Wake County that had another teacher related injunction dealing with Opportunity Scholarships overturned:

@PeteKaliner Same judge who’s injunction on scholarships was overturned just made the tenure injunction permanent? Gee, not sketchy at all.

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) May 16, 2014 Continue reading

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Merit Pay Per The President?

Step back to 2009, Barack Obama makes the case for Merit Pay.

Here’s what he said in 2009: “It’s time to start rewarding good teachers, and stop making excuses for bad ones. It’s time to demand results from government at every level. It’s time to prepare every child, everywhere in America, to out-compete any worker, anywhere in the world.” Source: WUNC
Merit Pay for teachers in North Carolina and the removal of tenure has a lot of people talking. Depending on who you ask, you get a different answer. Some say competition motivates continual improvement while others tout cooperation as the way. Continue reading

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