Remember this from 2013? (From a 2013 NCAE Report) :
The Appropriations Act of 2013 (“budget bill”) strips away career status from teachers and school administrators and denies the opportunity for career status to teachers in the pipeline. Career status ensures an opportunity to be heard and a reasonable basis for being dismissed or demoted. When state law changed the system of employment of school administrators from career status to contracts in 1993, it grandfathered those who had achieved career status and allowed those in the pipeline to continue on the path for career status.3 These career administrators now will have their career status removed on July 1, 2014. The budget bill takes away career status of teachers in 2018, forcing all teachers to be placed on 1-, 2-, or 4-year contracts. (The option for 25 percent of teachers to voluntarily relinquish their career status in 2014 is addressed below.)
What that meant was that each district was to choose 25% of its teachers to be eligible to receive a bonus if they were willing to give up their career status which is commonly known as “tenure.” If they did not accept the bonus, then they would be able to hold on their career status until July 1, 2018 when the NC General Assembly would phase it out and replace them with one-year contracts for ALL teachers.
Simply put, it was hush money to keep veteran teachers from speaking out when schools and students needed it. To remove “tenure” is to remove the ability for a teacher to fight wrongful termination. In a Right-To-Work state, due process rights might be the only protection against wrongful termination when teachers advocate for schools, like the teacher who is writing this very piece.
Like the teachers who marched this past May.
Imagine if NCAE had not started the “Decline to Sign” campaign and sued the NC General Assembly to protect teachers who had already earned career status.
It would be gone by now for ALL TEACHERS.
Look at what happened this past election cycle because teachers voted and ADVOCATED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION:
- Super majorities were broken.
- Budget process now has to be open.
- Many municipalities and local LEA’s had school board shake-ups.
- The two most egregious amendments to the constitution did not pass.
- Many privatizers and “non” public school advocates lost in races or had very close races.
- With more seats to Democrats, Mark Johnson is held in check.
- Large voter turnout (>52%).
- Teachers got galvanized.
- Young people came out to vote in droves.
What was done in 2013 saved us in 2018.
What are you willing to do in 2018 to help positively affect 2020? Because so much is at stake.