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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are rolling out a package of public school initiatives they say would create performance bonuses for teachers but end their employment tenure so that districts could more easily dismiss ineffective ones.

Senate leader Phil Berger planned to unveil publicly the details at a news conference Monday. The Associated Press received an advance copy of the details of the plan, which would cost an additional $45 million in next year’s budget.

The new plan would put veteran teachers on annual contracts. The proposal also would direct the 115 districts to come up with their own merit pay system in time for the fall of 2013.

The plan also would focus more heavily on making students proficient in reading by third grade.

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  • Ms. Swamp

    We think every parent, including you, should have to take a test every 5 years and have a review to see if you still have the knowledge to be a parent. Or better yet, maybe you should have to take a test before you even consider having children to see if you are a fit parent.

  • Guest2020

    I think that tenure should definitely be demolished. Most of my experience with my daughters’ teachers have been positive, but there are some who have no business teaching.

    When my younger daughter finished second grade she was well ahead of her grade level. In fact, her second grade teacher would give her extra work to do so that she wouldn’t get bored. Her third grade teacher is horrible. When my daughter finished her class she was behind her grade level in reading and on par with her math. We aren’t the only ones with complaints regarding this teacher. When my other daughter was in the ninth grade, one of the students was a problem child. Toward the beginning of the second semester he straightened up and was really trying to behave and to do well with his schoolwork. One day the algebra teacher was passing out tests she told him that giving him the test was a waste of paper. That one little comment ruined it. This year there was a book assigned that my daughter found objectionable because of foul language and explicit depictions of rape. It was something her father and I objected to as well. When she asked the teacher for an alternate book, (something the teacher had easily agreed to with a few other students) the teacher went off on her. My daughter usually takes things and let’s it roll off her back. This teacher verbally attacked my daughter to the point that she had a panic attack (something that had never happened with her prior to this incident). She was hyperventilating so bad she couldn’t even tell me what happened. She had to hand her phone to her friend to tell me.

    These examples are only a few of the reasons that tenure should not exist in our education system.

  • Guestschool

    It is about time. There are so many sorry A$$ teachers out there and there is nothing that can be done about it. I think teacher should have to take a test every 5 years and a review to see if they still have the knowledge to teach.

    Their continuing education hours are a joke. My Ex-wife was a teacher (fired because of poor performance from a charter school)and most of the classes she took to get hours had nothing to do with the subject she taught. See Charter schools have it right, they can fire you for poor performance even if you have been teaching there for 8 years.

  • Erlkoenig

    Welcome to the real world, bureaucrats. Companies all over America operate on this performance based manner. And it works. That’s why so many bureaucrats are against it. They want to cushy safeness of tenure and high pay.

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