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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Two years ago, lawmakers repealed a law that allowed teachers to earn tenure after serving four years on the job.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.

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.