McCrory to review law repealing teacher tenure

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory said he is looking at whether he would like changes to a law phasing out job protections of North Carolina school teachers while giving raises to the highest-rated instructors who enter multi-year contracts.

On Wednesday, McCrory said he shares the concerns of some about how the tenure-ending law is being implemented, but added the law’s intent is good.

Any changes would need General Assembly approval.

Several school districts have spoken out against the 2013 law, which asks them to pick the best 25 percent of its teachers and offer them tenure-ending contracts.

Those who accept the offer would receive a bonus.

Read more: WUNC.org

11 comments

  • JD

    The guy has lowered state income tax and vowed to raise teacher salaries (which he’s already started doing). He’s a governor, not a magician.

    • chucky1992

      Good point. He probably could have looked at changing it before it was passed and he signed off on it though.

    • wayne

      Wrong, he’s raised the income tax for most of us and has done nothing but harm teachers. He did make a ‘promise’ to do something for new teachers but I doubt he can even make that happen.

  • chucky1992

    I hope that the goes back and looks at some other laws that he ratified. I’m not talking about the voter ID either… well not the ID part of it anyway. That law turns back the time and eliminates the ability to use faster computers like we have been using in Guilford County for years. It makes us have to use a much slower paper process. With poll workers having to verify ID’s (no problem there) AND handle paper ballots, it will take more time, more money and more workers. Getting the results will likely take longer also.

    There were other laws that passed that were not well thought out either. Now some of you would be quick to assume that I am a democrat. I am not. I was a registered Republican until I got disgusted with both parties antics and decided to become Unaffiliated several years ago. I get less phone calls and junk mail from campaign offices as a result. I’m quite happy about that.

  • Bigjohn

    Why would he review it? This is what he wanted and had the GOP congress to give it to him. He could have vetoed it but did not do it. Now he finds out he has lost most of teachers support and is just trying to get back the votes he lost.

  • teacher

    Do we ever know the true intent of a politician? I’m both a teacher & a Republican, and he’s definitely lost my vote. I WILL become unaffiliated. This move by McCrory was meant to hasten privatization of education, destroy public education by insulting teachers with a pitiful gesture of a “tip” for four years — (while destroying teacher collaboration which is our foundation, for the benefit of our students) — which will only fill the elites’ (cronies) pockets and drive more teachers away and out. He is essentially “imploding” public education. (If any of his teachers are still alive I bet they’re sick to their stomachs). And by the way, for those who don’t know – that 25% contract “reward” includes NON-teacher employees as well – so how would that highly subjective decision-making be fairly implemented if this is supposedly based on teacher effectiveness (student scores)? It’s trickery & manipulation for corporate gain, in my opinion. And that’s why we’re losing teachers jumping over state lines and classes are being filled with long-term subs, IF they can be found. One more thing: Tenure. What’s the value of tenure? Well, it simply gives a teacher the right to a hearing to know why they’re being dismissed rather than a simple “Adios”. Is that too much to ask? The ethical answer is no, it’s NOT too much to ask.

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