Durham Co. School Board will join a lawsuit against the North Carolina teacher tenure law

Durham is not only opposing the law, it's joining Guilford County in a lawsuit to get it overturned.
March 5, 2014 3:38:43 PM PST
Durham Public Schools went one step further than their counterparts in Wake County over the state law abolishing teacher tenure.

Like the Wake School Board did Tuesday night, Durham is not only opposing the law, it's joining Guilford County in a lawsuit to get it overturned.

There was no hesitation when it came down to the vote, and school board members say they are taking a stand for education. Heidi carter Durham co. School board chair

"We think it's destructive to public education," said Durham County School Board Chair Heidi Carter. "It is disrespectful to teachers asking them to give up a right they justly earned."

The mandate eliminates teacher tenure and gives pay raises to a limited number of educators.

A growing number of school districts in the state are publicly rejecting the law. Wake County Schools and a dozen others have now passed resolutions asking lawmakers to repeal it.

"When you have all these school boards stepping up and speaking out against these divisive policies, it would behoove legislators to listen to them and to hear them," said NCAE President Rodney Ellis.

The North Carolina Association of Educators has filed its own lawsuit. It's received thousands of signatures on a petition asking teachers not to sign new contracts that come with the law.

Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory weighed in with his own concerns.

"The intent of the rule is very good," said McCrory. "The implementation process needs to be more clarified and I think that's something we can work on between now and the short session."

The Guilford County lawsuit is expected to be filed soon. School board members are seeking an injunction so districts don't have to implement the law.

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