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NC Appeals Court Rules Getting Rid Of Teacher Tenure Unconstitutional

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a 2013 effort to do away with tenure for teachers is unconstitutional.

Two years ago, lawmakers repealed a law that allowed teachers to earn tenure after serving four years on the job. In its place, they passed a law that would do away with those job protections in 2018 and allow teachers to give it up voluntarily for a $5,000 bonus over three years.

In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that violated constitutional rights protecting contracts and preventing governments from taking a person’s property without just compensation. However, the appeals court said newer teachers couldn't challenge part of the legislation preventing them from earning tenure in the future.