Last night, all members of the New Hanover Board of Education voted in favor of a resolution urging state lawmakers to repeal the mandate that the top 25 percent of teachers be offered 4-year contracts and $500 annual pay bonuses in exchange for giving up their tenure.
The resolution also calls for allowing New Hanover to to opt out of offering the contracts altogether, asking that the General Assembly keep their money.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Hanover County Board of Education requests that the General Assembly allow it to retain its prorated share of the $10 Million Dollars allocated for the 25 percent contract to be used for alternative pay or compensation for additional duties such as mentoring or leadership roles; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER that the New Hanover County Board of Education urges the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the 25 percent contract and develop a more effective long-term compensation plan for teachers tied to career paths with input from the education and business community.
Teachers have said that the contracts will discourage collaboration and pit teachers against one another as they compete for small salary bumps, which could hurt student learning conditions. Chairman of the New Hanover school board, Don Hayes, said he hopes the resolution will increase teacher morale and show that the school board supports teachers.
Tenure, formally known as “career status,” offers teachers due process rights in the event they are fired or demoted. It is not a lifelong guarantee of a job.
For more on the new teacher contract system, check out my recent story on the topic here.