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Winston-Salem Journal blasts law limiting teachers’ rights

This morning’s Winston-Salem Journal features an excellent editorial deriding the decision of Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly to turn all of the state’s public school teachers into temps.

“Hard-working teachers deserve job security

North Carolina’s judicial branch will decide if the legislature acted legally when it ended job protections for public school teachers and instituted a system of one-to-four-year contracts.

No matter what the court says, however, it is clear that the legislature’s actions are not good for students or fair to some very hardworking teachers.

The 2013 General Assembly changed what is commonly misidentified as the state’s “teacher tenure” law. That law, which gives veteran teachers protections against arbitrary firing but does not guarantee them lifelong employment, will be phased out beginning next year, The Associated Press reports.

In its place, teachers will work under a system that provides them with contracts of one, two or four years. One-fourth of the state’s teachers will get the longest contracts and, with those contracts, a $5,000 pay raise.

The N.C. Association of Educators plans to sue, saying the new law would violate the contractual rights of teachers who have either earned legal protections under the old system or were working toward that.

We’ll let the courts decide the legal questions. We say, however, that it isn’t fair to hire someone, pay them the pathetically low salaries our public school teachers now get and then strip away one of their biggest benefits — job security….”

Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here.

5 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    October 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Who should I call to protest if my child came home with a poster asking for volunteers and support for the teacher walk out? The poster was run-off in the school office as well.

  2. Alan

    October 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Call Sarah Palin, I’m sure she’d be glad to add her intellect to the debate….

  3. NitWitCharmer

    October 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Who do you call when teachers demand perks and special treatment that the Janitorial staff, Receptionists, Cafeteria staff, Maintenance staff or even principals in a school are not entitled to.

    It would be nice if teachers could think beyond there own “divinity”.

  4. GOP Rules

    November 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Alan/ML

    Not Sarah Palin, it is just common sense that you do not “protect” a person that does a poor job. Why would anyone want to do that. Would you want your child educated by a string of bad teachers who are protected from any repercussions?

  5. John

    November 2, 2013 at 3:32 am

    All I hear about is teacher pay and loss of benefits, what about other state employees. We are in the same boat. Plus 1 out 4 teachers will get a $5000 dollar raise. I sure haven’t heard about1 out of 4 other state employees’s getting a $5000 dollar raise. Plus as a professional I have never been offered any extra pay for additional education. Please start talking about other hard working people as well. By only talking about teachers all the time I fill like we are being discriminated against for not being a teacher.