BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- Tenure was once used as a way to reward teachers for their hard work over the course of their career in education, and now they’re being asked to give it up by 2018.
"I think teachers are an easy target because it's an easy way to save a lot of money with one shot,” said teacher Karen Walker.
In exchange for giving up their tenure teachers will be graded on a curve with the top 25% of teaches rewarded with a $5,000 raise spread out over four years.
"It's going to affect our personal learning communities and it could pit teachers against teachers,” said teacher Heather Broderick.
"This teacher is more well known, this teacher is more active in the community it could become a part of a popularity contest,” said Walker.
Teachers aren’t alone in giving the state a failing grade, as administrators say the state is bullying them to enforce this new law, putting them into an awkward position with their staff.
"You're having to sort and classify and create division in an organization that you're trying to you're trying to create unity in, and it's very difficult because it's not going to help the kids, and it's not going to help the teachers,” said Principal Paul Price.
The demands are forcing teachers to close their books and pick up the classifieds.
"Many teachers, especially in the south end of the county, are leaving to go to South Carolina where they can make much more money,” said Broderick.