Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org en Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional http://wunc.org/post/judge-law-repealing-teacher-tenure-unconstitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Wake County superior court judge ruled Friday that a state law ending teacher tenure is unconstitutional, arguing the state cannot take away the due process rights of teachers. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Judge Robert Hobgood&nbsp;ordered a permanent injunction against the law, which would eliminate career status – commonly known as teacher tenure – by 2018. His ruling also said that the law violated the constitutional protection of contracts, and the prohibition against taking a person’s property.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:24:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 35635 at http://wunc.org Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional Judge Halts Law Repealing Teacher Tenure in Durham, Guilford http://wunc.org/post/judge-halts-law-repealing-teacher-tenure-durham-guilford <p></p><p>A Superior Court judge on Wednesday halted a mandate that&nbsp; requires North Carolina school districts to reward their top teachers with multi-year contracts in exchange for giving up tenure.</p><p>Guilford County and Durham Public School leaders filed a lawsuit against the new mandate earlier this year, calling it unconstitutional.&nbsp; The judge issued a&nbsp; preliminary injunction, which means the two school systems do not have to follow the mandate while the case is being decided.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:48:34 +0000 Reema Khrais 34340 at http://wunc.org Judge Halts Law Repealing Teacher Tenure in Durham, Guilford Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model http://wunc.org/post/ranking-teachers-nc-bets-big-complicated-stats-model <p>Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.</p><p>Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called <a href="http://www.sas.com/en_us/industry/k-12-education/evaas.html">EVAAS </a>will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33382 at http://wunc.org Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model Evaluating Teachers: Part Art, Part Science, And More Important Than Ever http://wunc.org/post/evaluating-teachers-part-art-part-science-and-more-important-ever <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember fifth grade? Well, whatever comes to your mind is not anything close to what it’s like now, at least in Nick Taylor’s fifth grade class at Lake Myra Elementary School in eastern Wake County.</span></p><p>Tucker barks out instructions to his students, directing them to grab laptops and Ipads and get with their small groups to begin comparing and contrasting two different versions of The Three Little Pigs.</p><p>Quickly and efficiently, the students mobilize.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33378 at http://wunc.org Evaluating Teachers: Part Art, Part Science, And More Important Than Ever One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/one-fourth-school-districts-oppose-law-repealing-teacher-tenure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 28 school districts across the state have voiced opposition to a new law that repeals teacher tenure and replaces it with a plan that rewards the top&nbsp;</span>teachers, according the North Carolina Association of Educators.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cumberland County Schools and </span>Charlotte-Mecklenburg&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">schools are among the latest to reject the law, which is meant to phase out tenure for all teachers by 2018.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:24:34 +0000 Reema Khrais 31979 at http://wunc.org One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/school-boards-challenge-elimination-teacher-tenure <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Durham school board members voted unanimously yesterday to join a lawsuit that challenges the elimination of teacher tenure and replaces it with a selective performance pay system.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:39:48 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 31617 at http://wunc.org School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-review-law-repealing-teacher-tenure <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat&nbsp;</span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the law, teacher tenure will be phased out by 2018 and replaced with a plan that requires local school districts to pick the top 25-percent of teachers who will be offered four-year contracts and bonuses.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:35:24 +0000 Reema Khrais 31589 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers http://wunc.org/post/state-legislators-propose-merit-pay-teachers <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">A task force created by the legislature last year met earlier this week to discuss incentives for good teaching. Some Republican leaders favor a merit pay system that would reward a limited number of teachers based on their individual performances. But many educators believe this would discourage collaboration within their schools.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:16:23 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31322 at http://wunc.org State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers '16 Years To Reach $40,000 Salary': Considering Pay Incentives For NC Teachers http://wunc.org/post/16-years-reach-40000-salary-considering-pay-incentives-nc-teachers <p></p><p>State lawmakers and education leaders are considering paying North Carolina teachers based on their individual performance, despite &nbsp;concerns from stakeholders who argue it could harmfully affect students and teacher morale.</p><p>Republican Senator Jerry Tillman, an education budget writer, is helping lead a newly-formed legislative task force that will develop recommendations for alternative pay plans. Members, whom include legislators and education leaders across the state, must factor in teacher evaluation measures and student performance outcomes. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:15:49 +0000 Reema Khrais 31168 at http://wunc.org '16 Years To Reach $40,000 Salary': Considering Pay Incentives For NC Teachers Teachers Ask Durham To Refuse Tenure Law, Sue The State http://wunc.org/post/teachers-ask-durham-refuse-tenure-law-sue-state <p></p><p>Some teachers and advocates with the N.C. Association of Educators are asking the Durham Board of Education to follow Guilford County's lead and decline to comply with a new state education law.</p><p></p><p>The General Assembly passed a budget that eliminates tenure in 2018. Meanwhile, school districts will offer the top 25 percent of teachers four-year contracts and $500 raises to relinquish their status.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:48:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30735 at http://wunc.org Teachers Ask Durham To Refuse Tenure Law, Sue The State