Court rules legislature's tenure-for-pay swap plan unconstitutional
The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a ruling that the General Assembly's attempt to remove K-12 educators career status rights, otherwise known as tenure. This was originally a key piece of the legislature's tenure-for-pay swap plan, where pay raises for educators would be supported if career status rights were removed.
Rodney Ellis, president of NCAE, said his organization was pleased with the decision to uphold the tenure rights of veteran teachers but said NCAE could appeal the loss of younger teachers' ability to earn those rights.
"Career status is a critical tool to recruit and retain quality educators, just like fair compensation and working and learning conditions,” Ellis said in a statement. “We need to ensure all teachers can focus on educating our kids and helping them be successful and not worried about arbitrary disciplinary actions by administrators outside of the classroom."