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NC House panel approves teacher tenure changes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The solution offered by the North Carolina House to retool teacher tenure rules has cleared a policy panel with little debate.
    
The House Education Committee voted Tuesday in favor of a measure sponsors say will make it easier to fire poorly-performing teachers.
    
The bipartisan measure differs from a proposal backed by Senate leader Phil Berger that would phase out job-protecting tenure over five years and replace it with teacher contracts of one to four years.
    
House members instead want to label teachers as having "non-probationary status" after four years of highly effective work. Teachers could lose that status - and possibly their jobs - if they receive poor evaluations two years in a row and don't improve within the next two.
    
The bill's next scheduled stop is the House floor.

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