Judge strikes down new NC law that ended teacher tenure
(Associated Press) A judge ruled Friday that a law cutting teacher job protections in North Carolina is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said veteran teachers have an established right to a layer of review beyond school administrators when they face firing. His ruling also said the law passed by Republican lawmakers last year violates constitutional rights that protect contracts and prevent governments from taking a person’s property. Abolishing teacher tenure “was not reasonable and necessary to serve an important public purpose,” Hobgood said in his ruling. State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, promised that the ruling will be appealed. “Today a single Wake County judge suppressed the will of voters statewide who elected representatives to improve public education and reward our best teachers with raises. This is a classic case of judicial activism,” he said in a statement.
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