NC Supreme Court Upholds Teacher Tenure


Here is the opening section of a news report written by Craig Jarvis for the News and Observer in Raleigh:

“The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday ruled unconstitutional a state law that phased out job protections for teachers who had already earned them.

“The court, in a unanimous decision, said the law, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, violated the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution. Because of that ruling, the court didn’t consider another claim in the lawsuit by the N.C. Association of Educators–that the law also constituted an illegal taking of property.

“’Today is a win for educators, public schools and, most importantly, students,‘ teachers association President Rodney Ellis said.’The court has heard the voices of teachers that North Carolina should honor its commitment of basic employment rights. We are glad the court recognized the General Assembly’s attempt to strip away rights from teachers as unconstitutional.’

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