EMERY P. DALESIO
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina senators are offering veteran teachers a choice between a double-digit pay raise or keeping the job protections a court says lawmakers can't strip away.
State senators on Wednesday announced their proposed budget will include pay raises of more than 10 percent for teachers who have earned career status after four years.
Giving up tenure rights would raise the state-supplied salary of a teacher with five years of experience from almost $31,000 this year to $35,000 next year. That teacher would get no raise if he or she kept their job rights.
A state Superior Court judge this month ruled a new law was unconstitutional because it stripped veteran teachers from job protections that barred their firing or demotion except for reasons that include poor performance, immorality and insubordination.
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