GCS files suit over teacher tenure law

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT

Late Monday, the Guilford County Board of Education, Guilford Superintendent Maurice (Mo) Green and the board of education of Durham Public Schools filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s teacher tenure law that the state Legislature passed last year, a law that drastically changed the state’s decades old teacher tenure law.
The lawsuit contends that the measure passed last year by the General Assembly’s Republican majority is unconstitutional. The lawsuit says that is so because the new law abolished “vested tenure” for teachers and places school boards and superintendents in “an untenable position” because implementing the law would violate the N.C. and U.S. Constitutions and because not implementing the law would bring potential criminal prosecution of those school officials.
In February, the Guilford Board of Education unanimously endorsed a resolution asking the General Assembly to rescind provisions of the new law and asked the state Supreme Court to declare elimination of existing career teacher contracts unconstitutional.

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