North Carolina’s teaching force will no longer be eligible for tenure or to receive the pay bump that accompanies earning a master’s degree, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Top-performing teachers in the state will still be able to receive four-year contracts, but otherwise, continued employment will be on one- or two-year contracts.
Teachers still can’t be dismissed during the middle of a contract year unless it’s for “cause,” established during a hearing.
In what may be a first, North Carolina is also doing away with the salary premiums for teachers who hold master’s degrees, the newspaper reports.
Lawmakers in the state in recent years have frozen teacher salaries and dismantled a celebrated teaching-fellowship program that encouraged promising high school students to consider a teaching career.
A version of this article appeared in the August 07, 2013 edition of Education Week as N.C. Teachers to Lose Tenure, Salary Bumps