CMS to address unpopular state tenure law

by: Paige Hansen Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to address an unpopular teacher tenure law known as the "25 Percent Law" passed by North Carolina lawmakers.
 
The law requires districts to select which 25 percent of eligible teachers will get four-year contracts.
 
The resolution asks for a one-year delay in implementing the law.
 
Several longtime CMS teachers spoke out asking the Board to challenge the law all together.

"Now is the time to show all of your teachers that you value them and stand behind them in this vicious attack on public school teachers,” said Charles Smith, president of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators.

The resolution also includes requests to increase teacher salaries and reinstate the advanced-degree salary schedule.

Twenty-three other North Carolina school districts have passed similar resolutions against the law, including Cleveland, Rowan and Watauga County schools.

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