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Teachers rejoice to tenure ruling

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Pitt County Association of Educators president Emily Klinedinst easily describes the mood of her fellow teachers today.

"Extremely happy," Klinedinst said. "Overjoyed!"

That's because Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled the state legislature's attempts to eliminate "career status", or teacher tenure, are unconstitutional.
"This has been a year long effort on the part of [the North Carolina Association of Educators] to bring teachers voices to the forefront on this issue," Klinedinst said.

That issue started last year when the republican-led legislature passed a law offering the top 25 percent of teachers in school districts a new four year contract with more money, but those teachers had to give up their tenure rights like having a hearing when they're disciplined or fired.

Judge Hobgood says that violates both the U.S. and state constitutions.

It's a ruling applauded by parents like Sharisima Moore.

"Teachers are like parents," Moore said. "Going to school and teaching our kids is very important because that's their future. If they're being taught by someone, why shouldn't we pay them a good pay?"

But other parents like Janet Erickson are concerned these tenure rights reward bad teachers.

"I think probably tenure's not the best way to solve it," Erickson said. "I think having a ratings and good teachers getting rewarded would be a good thing to do."

With critics like Erickson and Republicans planning to file an appeal, Klinedinst still thinks teachers will be victorious.

"I don't think that there's a chance that even with an appeal, this will get changed," Klinedinst said. "We'll stay in the battle with them as long as it takes."
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