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Nearly half of NC’s local school boards sign on as plaintiffs in school voucher case; several also reject teacher contracts
Posted By Lindsay Wagner On February 3, 2014 @ 2:38 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Fifty-four school boards in North Carolina have now signed on to be plaintiffs in the NC School Board Association’s school voucher lawsuit , which calls into question the constitutionality of providing families with $4,200 annual taxpayer-funded scholarships  to use at private schools. (See the end of this post for the full list.)
The North Carolina Association of Educators along with the North Carolina Justice Center also filed a lawsuit late last year seeking to block the school voucher legislation.
On February 1, the NC State Education Assistance Authority began accepting applications for school vouchers. Award notification will begin in March, unless an injunction filed by the NCAE is successful at halting the implementation of the program.
The NCAE has also filed a complaint against the new teacher contract system , which eliminates tenure in exchange for temporary contracts.
With this new system that was put into law last summer, local school districts will award the top 25 percent of teachers with 4-year contracts that may come with $500 bonuses for each of those four years—as long as those teachers give up their tenure prior to 2018, when all teachers will lose it.
According to NCAE President Rodney Ellis, nine school districts have adopted resolutions rejecting the teacher contract system, including Durham, Caswell, Pitt, New Hanover, Cleveland, Alexander, Surry, Mt. Airy, and Iredell/Statesville.
This past weekend, Guilford County came close to adopting a resolution  to opt out of the teacher contract system, but tabled that vote for Feb 11, at which time all members of the local school board would be present for a full vote.
It’s unclear what consequences local school districts face if they fail to comply with state law and participate in the teacher contract system.
Plaintiffs that have signed on to join NCSBA’s school voucher lawsuit:
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URLs in this post:
 lawsuit: http://www.ncsba.org/clientuploads/DocumentsPDF/13Complaint.pdf
 $4,200 annual taxpayer-funded scholarships: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/category/news/education-news/school-vouchers-come-to-north-carolina/
 lawsuit : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/11/ncae-nc-justice-center-file-lawsuit-challenging-school-voucher-law/
 new teacher contract system: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/11/20/teachers-worried-and-confused-over-new-contract-system/
 Guilford County came close to adopting a resolution: http://www.news-record.com/news/article_ef63f904-8b5c-11e3-bea0-001a4bcf6878.html#.Uu-_G3caNVo.twitter
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