© 2020 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Judge Rules State Can't Strip Veteran Teachers Of Tenure

A judge has ruled state lawmakers can’t take away the job protections that go along with tenure for school teachers. 

The ruling only applies to teachers who already have tenure. Lawmakers passed a bill last year that began phasing out tenure for these teachers by 2018. 

The North Carolina Association of Educators sued the state saying the law is unconstitutional because it involves breaking contracts with no substantial reason or compensation for it.  

“As the court described it, by our constitution it is the unconstitutional taking of something that someone had earned and it was an impairment on the contract that teachers had with their local board of education,” says Ann McColl, an attorney with the teacher’s group.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said veteran teachers have an established right to a layer of review beyond school administrators when they face firing. North Carolina teachers have had these protections for more than forty years.

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

WFAE mask

Our newsroom is hard at work covering everything from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the aftermath of the election, the race for a vaccine and our communities' fight to rebuild. But we can't do it without you. Support our local journalism with a donation of ANY amount, and we’ll send you a free WFAE member mask courtesy of AllDayMask.com of Monroe.