Members of the public wishing to submit questions or concerns about the new teacher contract system have until tomorrow to do so — online or in person.
The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15 on the model teacher contract developed for use by local school boards in awarding teacher contracts. The hearing will take place from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. in the 7th floor board room at the Department of Public Instruction.
Those who cannot make it (because, of course, most teachers will be teaching at that time) can still submit comments online to Lou Martin, State Board of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: 919-807-3198.
During last year’s legislative session, lawmakers voted to end teacher tenure by 2018. In the interim, the top 25 percent of teachers currently tenured are encouraged to give up their “career status” in exchange for 4-year contracts that come with $500 pay bumps for each of the four years.
Local school districts are having a hard time coming up with ways to determine which teachers fall within the top 25 percent and have received little guidance from lawmakers or DPI. Only the first year of the 4-year contracts is a sure bet in terms of additional funding from the state for the $500 bonuses. And teachers are reluctant to give up hard-earned tenure, which does not guarantee a life-long job–only due process in the event they are dismissed or demoted.
Read more about the teacher contracts here.