NC Judge To Rule Against Teacher Tenure State Law

A Guilford County judge is backing two school districts fighting a North Carolina law that phases out job protections for public school teachers in favor of employment contracts.

Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton said in court on Wednesday he would issue an order blocking the teacher tenure law.

Greensboro attorney Jill Wilson represents Guilford County Schools in the lawsuit that also includes Durham schools. Wilson says it won't be known until Doughton issues a written order in several days whether it will apply statewide.

Lawmakers last year directed all school districts to pick the best 25 percent of classroom teachers this spring and offer them tenure-ending, four-year contracts with pay raises totaling $5,000.

Supporters say ending job protections in place for more than 40 years will promote sharper classroom performance.

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