Yesterday, six public school teachers filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the repeal of teacher tenure, formally known as “career status.”
Last summer, lawmakers stripped teachers of tenure, replacing it with a contract system that makes it easier to demote and dismiss educators. (For more about the new contract system, check out my recent story here.)
The suit alleges that the repeal of career status violates the state and federal constitution by denying teachers due process rights.
Teacher tenure is not a guarantee of a job, but rather a guarantee of a third party hearing in the event of demotion or dismissal.
The North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings has begun accepting public comments on the new teacher contracts (see here for the notice). A public hearing will be held Wednesday January 15, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Department of Public Instruction—at a time when teachers are typically in class.