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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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