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GOP Senators Want Merit Pay, End Teacher Tenure

Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are rolling out a package of public school initiatives they say would create performance bonuses for teachers but end their employment tenure so that districts could more easily dismiss ineffective ones.

Senate leader Phil Berger planned to unveil publicly the details at a news conference Monday. The Associated Press received an advance copy of the details of the plan, which would cost an additional $45 million in next year's budget.

The new plan would put veteran teachers on annual contracts. The proposal also would direct the 115 districts to come up with their own merit pay system in time for the fall of 2013.

The plan also would focus more heavily on making students proficient in reading by third grade.


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