Teacher tenure tested at UNCW Legislative Forum - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Teacher tenure tested at UNCW Legislative Forum

Posted: Updated:
A new state law some teachers say forces them to compete for bonus pay was challenged Thursday at the Legislative Forum on the State of Education at UNCW. A new state law some teachers say forces them to compete for bonus pay was challenged Thursday at the Legislative Forum on the State of Education at UNCW.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new state law some teachers say forces them to compete for bonus pay was challenged Thursday at the Legislative Forum on the State of Education at UNCW.

The panelists included state representatives Susi Hamilton and Ted Davis, State Senator Thom Goolsby, and Bob Etheridge, a former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district.

Under the new law, district leaders evaluate teachers in their system and pick the top 25% performers. Those selected will be offered four-year contracts with built in annual raises worth $5,000.

Teachers at Murray Middle School don't like that plan.

"They want us to sign off tenure, basically," says Carey Cunningham, a teacher at Murray Middle School.

Cunningham and several other teachers, dressed in pink tye-dye tee shirts, presented the legislators with a petition signed by the entire staff at Murray Middle School asking to be exempt.

Cunningham says the plan puts principals and teachers in a bad position.

"We didn't want our principal to have to make that decision," Cunningham said. "We just felt it would tear the school apart being that competitive within the school so we got 100% of the faculty to sign the petition in order to opt out."

Representative Ted Davis took the petition and said he would take it to Raleigh.

Teacher tenure for all North Carolina instructors will be phased out by 2018, replaced with one to four year contracts.

The forum was presented by the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach at the Watson College of Education.

Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • When disciplining a child goes too far

    When disciplining a child goes too far

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:57:00 GMT
    Pending child abuse charges against star Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has brought spanking back under public scrutiny after photos of his bruised child surfaced. News Leader 9's Brittany
    More >>
    Pending child abuse charges against star Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has brought spanking back under public scrutiny after photos of his bruised child surfaced. News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne spoke with local experts to find out when spanking becomes abuse. More >>
  • Columbus Police searching for motor vehicle theft suspects

    Columbus Police searching for motor vehicle theft suspects

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-09-15 14:53:57 GMT
    Columbus Police are requesting the public's assistance identifying three suspects responsible for two unrelated motor vehicle thefts.More >>
    Columbus Police are requesting the public's assistance identifying three suspects responsible for two unrelated motor vehicle thefts.More >>
  • CPD searching for robbery suspect

    CPD searching for robbery suspect

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:17 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:17:08 GMT
    Columbus police need your help identifying suspects involved in a robbery. The attached pictures were taken from surveillance footage from the M&N package store on Cusseta Road.       More >>
    Columbus police need your help identifying suspects involved in a robbery. The attached pictures were taken from surveillance footage from the M&N package store on Cusseta Road.       More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.