House education reform effort passes
Posted April 18, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The House voted 113-1 Thursday for an education reform package that allows senior teachers to lose their career status, what many call tenure, for bad performance and calls for a study of how to award good teachers merit pay.
Other aspects of the bill include instructing the Department of Public Instruction to create a program that allows students to earn educational credit for "real-time experiences" like clerkships and internships. It also increases the number of professional development credits teachers are required to get from 7.5 to 10 per cycle and strengthens requirements for School Improvement Plans.
The measure now goes to the Senate, which has its own education reform plan. The Senate measure has cleared the Senate Education Committee and is backed by President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
"They don't look anything alike," Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, said of the House and Senate proposals.
For example, the Senate bill deals with the issue of teacher tenure by putting the state's most senior teachers on three-year contracts, while lower performing teachers are kept on annual contracts.
"There's going to have to be some real conversations before either of those bills go forward," Holloway said.