Published Online: April 26, 2016
Published in Print: April 27, 2016, as N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Teacher Anti-Tenure Law

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N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Teacher Anti-Tenure Law

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In a unanimous decision, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that state lawmakers had violated the constitutional rights of veteran teachers when they retroactively stripped them of their tenure protections.

In 2013, Republican lawmakers pushed through legislation that would phase out job protections for all teachers by 2018. The state's teachers' union swiftly challenged it.

Taking tenure away from teachers who had already earned it violates the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution, the court said. The ruling means that while those teachers will maintain their tenure rights, teachers hired since the law went into effect still don't have a route to "career status."

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