Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps common sense will prevail in embattled North Carolina.

Here is the Wake County board resolution, passed unanimously tonight.

Media Release

WCPSS Communications
Samiha Khanna
(919) 431-7716
skhanna@wcpss.net
For Immediate Release | March 4, 2014

Board of Education requests repeal of new teacher contract legislation
The Wake County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution on March 4 formally asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a new law governing teacher contracts.

The law, part of the Appropriations Act of 2013, requires school districts to select 25 percent of their teachers to receive offers for new four-year contracts. The contracts would include $500 raises annually for four years, but would also require teachers to relinquish career status rights they have earned under North Carolina law for consistent strong performance.

“This legislation creates division among teachers, when we know the better way to improve our schools is through collaboration,” said Christine Kushner, chairwoman of the Board of Education. “We applaud the General Assembly for its efforts to improve teacher pay, but we ask them to do more. Talented teachers are walking away from Wake County, and away from North Carolina. We are asking the General Assembly to reconsider this legislation, and in its place, develop a compensation plan that is tied to career growth and pulls North Carolina teacher salaries up to the national average.”

The board also unanimously directed Board Member Keith Sutton, who serves as chairman of the board’s Government Relations Committee, to initiate a meeting with state lawmakers to discuss the board’s resolution and issues related to teacher pay.

A copy of the final board resolution and open letter to Wake County teachers from the Board of Education also have been posted on the WCPSS website.

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