Guilford County Board of Education Takes Historic Vote

Greensboro, N.C. – The Guilford County Board of Education decided in a unanimous vote to take legal action rather than adhere to new legislation it considers unconstitutional. The board’s resolution is posted here.

The Appropriations Act of 2013 requires superintendents to recommend, and local boards of education to offer, four-year contracts to just 25 percent of teachers with three consecutive years of teaching experience who have met certain standards of performance.

The contracts include a $500 annual pay raise for each year of the contract in exchange for relinquishing career status (teacher tenure).The law also prohibits local boards of education from granting career status to any teacher who had not earned it as of August 1, 2013 and ends career status for those who currently have it on June 30, 2018.

The school board plans to file suit in Guilford County Superior Court.

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Roch Smith, Jr said...

You didn't write that, Charles. You copied and pasted a press release and put your name on it.

jblaze said...

"Unconstitutional"? I don't recall anything about tenure in the Constitution. I also don't see tenure as a right that's somehow sacrosanct. In business, as in most professions, if you provide quality for the cost of your "product", you usually stay around. If not, you must improve, reevaluate or offer a different "product".

James Woody said...

It's breaking a state contract to retroactively take away career status and due process rights of teachers whom have already earned it. The state law is unconstitutional and the courageous board of Guilford County has taken a stand. They are also protecting themselves from lawsuits that teacher could file after having that contract broken. Smart.

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