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N.C. legislature plans no appeal of court ruling

At Monday night's Board of Education meeting, the board received some clarity concerning an issue that they have struggled with for some time; the selection of teachers who would receive a “bonus” in accordance to criteria set by the board and mandated by the state.

The law passed by the N.C. Legislature meant that teachers would lose their tenure or career status protections by 2018. By the end of the year, districts were to identify criteria for teachers who have worked three or more years, in order to offer 25 percent of teachers a bonus and a one-time, four-year contract. The chosen 25 percent would lose their tenure status, if they accepted the bonus and four-year contract.

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Last week, North Carolina Senate Republicans revealed their proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which if approved, would feature the largest teacher pay hike in state history. At 11.2 percent or $468 million of the overall $21 billion state budget, the Senate offered the pay increase, but it came with a catch. Teachers would have to willingly forego their teacher tenure rights.

The proposed budget, which cleared committee and is not headed to the floor for debate, would begin giving teachers in the state a 11.2 percent permanent pay raise starting on July 1 and would boost North Carolina from being 47th overall in teacher pay, to being near the middle for the national average.

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Franklin High School held its 2013-2014 Senior Awards Day Friday, May 30, in the gymnasium. Laura Norton, senior class president welcomed students, faculty and parents. Student body president Jordan Burrell delivered inspirational remarks. Teacher of the Year Susan Allen also addressed the crowd.

Awards were handed out in many different categories: Civic, academics, athletics, organizations, cultural arts, vocational and distinguished. Assistant principals presented the awards.

The FHS Chamber Singers provided musical accompaniment with “Here’s Where I Stand,” and “I Was Here,” and led those in attendance in the school song.

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Jeanette White’s telephone never stops ringing.

Coordinator of Southwestern Community College’s Civil Engineering Technology program, White keeps getting calls from employers looking for graduates who are ready to work.

There’s just one issue: all of White’s graduates already have jobs or are continuing their education at a four-year school.

So she’s looking for a new crop of students to enroll this fall and start preparing to fill the job vacancies that aren’t going away.

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