Teachers across North Carolina rejoiced on Friday after hearing the news that North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood voted down the state’s new teacher tenure law by claiming it was unconstitutional.
The law, which was approved by state lawmakers last summer, was designed to eliminate teacher tenure and the protections that came along with it. After the law was enacted, school districts were given until June 30 to award teachers who haven't worked the four years needed to qualify for career status or tenure, one-year contracts, and four-year contracts, along with a cumulative $5,000 bonus for a select 25 percent of teachers. The law was designed to eliminate tenure completely by 2018.
Teachers across the state, including Franklin High School teacher John deVille, joined the North Carolina Association of Educators in a lawsuit against the state in hopes of overturning the law, and on Friday, a judge ruled in their favor. Hobgood stated in his ruling that abolishing teacher tenure "was not reasonable and necessary to serve an important public purpose."