Wake County, N.C. board opposes state's teacher tenure elimination law

Thursday, March 6, 2014

In front of a crowd of more than 100 cheering teachers, the Wake County school board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday opposing the state’s plan to offer pay raises to top teachers in return for their giving up tenure rights.

School board members charged that the new contracts – part of a law passed by the legislature to eliminate tenure in four years – would hurt teachers’ morale, inhibit their spirit of collaboration and would not fairly pay enough teachers for their hard work. But the school board stopped short of either filing suit against the law or preparing an affidavit in support of the N.C. Association of Educators’ lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.

Instead, board members voted to meet with legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory to urge the law’s repeal.

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