NC educators encouraged to rally against tenure changes
by WNCN Staff
RALEIGH, N.C. -
representing North Carolina teachers is urging teachers to fight back against a
new state law that the group says hurts their profession.
North Carolina Association of Educators held a press conference Tuesday
afternoon to announce its Decline to Sign campaign in an effort to encourage
teachers to protest changes in teacher tenure.
NCAE says it plans to fight a state law that limits teacher tenure by using
employment contracts instead.
are being offered a four-year contract with pay raises totaling $5,000 in
exchange for giving up tenure rights.
contracts are a bad deal for North Carolina's public school children and the
women and men who have dedicated their lives to them," said Wake NAE
President Larry Nilles. "For their students, their schools, and their
coworkers, I urge all of North Carolina's public school teachers to 'Decline to
Elementary Magnet School special education teacher Jessica Benton called the
law "absurd" and "insulting."
notion of 25 percent of us being better or more worthy of an extra $25 in our paychecks
for a year is absurd and it's insulting," Benton said. "The bottom
line is it goes against the very collaboration we strive to do and have been
trained to do."
supporters say the contracts will promote better performance in the classroom.
President Pre Tempore Phil Berger said the law is meant to give administrators
the ability to make sure under-performing teachers improve or find new
professions. He said last school year, 17 of more than 95,000 instructors were
dismissed for cause, implying it would have been more had others not had
across North Carolina rightfully take pride in naming teachers of the year, who
are positive role models and leaders in their local communities," Berger
said. "Likewise, we should embrace the opportunity to recognize and reward
more of our top performing teachers."
NCAE said there were already checks in place to weed out teachers who shouldn't
have been in the classroom.
Pat McCrory has vowed to push for teacher pay increases, but the NCAE said it
can't wait because North Carolina is already losing teachers to other states.
The NCAE said a teacher could make $4,000 more in neighboring Virginia.
are being asked to wear red on Wednesday and take pictures of themselves holding
signs that include the hashtag "#decline2sign" along with the name of
their school and city. Teachers are also being asked to sign a petition.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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