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NC educators oppose law ending job protections

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some public school teachers and school administrators are pushing back against a new North Carolina law that eliminates job protections for educators.

State legislators this summer approved phasing out teacher tenure beginning next year. A new law tells school districts to pick the teachers who rank in the top 25 percent for effectiveness and offer them four-year contracts in exchange for bonuses totaling $5,000.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said Monday the bonuses open the door to lawsuits. He says administrators have no objective way to rank teachers, and those left out of the money could challenge any decisions.

The largest labor association representing the state's 90,000 teachers is planning to file a lawsuit aiming to reverse the end of tenure rights.

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