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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
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

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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