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Teacher tenure ruling applies only to Guilford, Durham counties

Posted May 9, 2014

— A Superior Court judge has put a new teacher contract law on hold in Guilford and Durham counties, but his ruling will not apply statewide.

Judge Richard Doughton signed an order Friday that said the two counties could ignore the requirements of a state law that forced them to offer pay raises and four-year contracts to a quarter of their teachers in exchange for those teachers giving up their tenure, or career status, rights. 

Doughton called the provision "vaguely and obscurely drafted" and said the law likely contradicts the state and federal constitutions. 

However, he did not make his ruling applicable to other school districts throughout the state. 

"We look forward to pressing our statewide case, now pending in Wake County Superior Court," Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, said in a statement. "Meanwhile, we encourage school districts to weigh their options very carefully. Already, 50 school districts have passed resolutions calling for repeal of this law. These districts cover most of the state’s teachers."

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  • whatelseisnew May 12, 2014

    Hmm so according to this Judge the US constitution and the state constitution stipulates TENURE for teachers. Gee wonder if private sector workers could receive equal treatment to that while at the same time have zero accountability for their results.

  • justaconservativeguy May 12, 2014

    Also each teacher needs to be reviewed annually to see if they will be carried as an employee for the next school year. A highly qualified well educated experienced teacher should earn a lot more than a freshly credentialed teacher. A teacher with parental complaints should be put on probation and subject to termination if they do not improve. Peer review and parent review should be a major part of the process. There should not be any "standard" pay scale and a teacher should be hired on a probational basis for the first few years of employment.

    Do you know anything you are talking about? Teachers are reviewed every year. Pay is based on experience, and teachers are hired on a probational basis the first few years ( until the law changed). As far as being reviewed by parents. That is to funny. I tell you what, parents can review me as a teacher, when I am able to review them as a parent and factor that into my score and pay.

  • Olenc Native May 12, 2014

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    A teacher with 8 years experience currently earns about $80 more a month than a teacher with no experience.

  • SaveEnergyMan May 12, 2014

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    Sounds like a great plan, except for one big problem - parents. The parents are only interested in instant gratification - their "darling" getting good grades & not having too much homework so they can participate in too many other activities (aka parental guilt and living vicariously through their kid). The fact they show up to school (if they aren't skipping) unprepared and without the desire to learn is not a reflection of the teacher, it's the parents. Of course the teacher will be blamed when Johnny forgot to turn in homework and got a zero, or Janie was involved in something late on Sunday night and just couldn't study for that test. Parents, by and large, aren't disciplined enough to do what's best for their kids. I see it everyday.

    "Education is the only industry where the customer wants LESS for their money."

  • ENCteacher78 May 11, 2014

    Great. Now tax payers have to pay for costly lawsuits in every county to get rid of this awful legislation. Money that could be spent on making better schools and retaining better teachers.

  • Tax Man May 10, 2014

    Tenure is not applicable in the workforce except in college level. Also teachers in NC in public schools should not be on a fixed pay scale, but rewarded based on merit, education and experience. A teacher, like any employee, must prove to the employer/customer (parents) that they are worth what they are paid. Also each teacher needs to be reviewed annually to see if they will be carried as an employee for the next school year. A highly qualified well educated experienced teacher should earn a lot more than a freshly credentialed teacher. A teacher with parental complaints should be put on probation and subject to termination if they do not improve. Peer review and parent review should be a major part of the process. There should not be any "standard" pay scale and a teacher should be hired on a probational basis for the first few years of employment.

  • daves4545 May 10, 2014

    I am confused. How can you suspend requirements of a law adopted statewide, in only two counties? Doesn't it seem logical that if you can not apply the Law of State in these two counties, that it should not be applied in any other county? This practice of passing laws and then randomly applying them or changing them at will without due process is getting a little alarming to me. Shouldn't it follow that if a law, or part of a law is unconstitutional in one place, then it should be unconstitutional in all places? I suppose this means the rest of the 98 North Carolina counties will have to have their day in court now as well.

  • Mustange May 9, 2014

    its a form of discrimination and should be state wide

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 9, 2014

    "...his ruling will not apply statewide."

    Why not? He's a Superior Court Judge, not a county or city judge.