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….”
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