Published Online: June 3, 2014
Published in Print: June 4, 2014, as N.C. Plan Would Institute Pay-for-Tenure Swap

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N.C. Plan Would Institute Pay-for-Tenure Swap

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A budget plan unveiled by North Carolina lawmakers would offer teachers an average pay raise of 11 percent in exchange for voluntarily giving up tenure.

In general, the plan mirrors a law that was recently declared unconstitutional by a state court, according to the Charlotte Observer. The main change is that it would make giving up tenure voluntary, rather than phasing it out for all by 2018.

The new plan maintains a quota element that many administrators and teachers protested as unnecessarily divisive. Beginning in 2014-15, school boards would have to offer four-year contracts to a quarter of their teachers. After that, they could give bonuses for top performers for up to 35 percent of teachers.

Vol. 33, Issue 33, Page 4

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