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NC judge weighs order blocking teacher tenure law


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Public school teachers want quick action from a North Carolina judge to block a law that eliminates more than 40 years of job protections in favor of employment contracts.

Lawyers for state lawmakers and the objecting teachers argued to a judge Monday that he has enough information to decide without a trial. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood says he may issue a ruling Friday.

The law taking effect this summer starts a five-year process moving all teachers into employment contracts that make them easier to fire. Supporters say teachers will improve classroom performance without the job protections tied to tenure.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and six teachers sued to block the law they say takes away requirements that school administrators follow a defined process when firing a teacher.

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Guess the ones making the

Guess the ones making the fuss are the low-performing teachers. If they are doing their jobs, tenure or not, they have no worries. Tenure needs to be done away with. Few other folks have such a system, to basically guarantee a job regardless of how poorly they perform that job, as a safety net. Teachers are important and the bad ones should be fired like everyone else who does not come up to expectation.