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NC teachers group plans new steps against changes

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An advocacy group representing North Carolina teachers is promising more action to resist a new state law that eliminates job protections and shifts toward performance pay.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center say they'll describe their latest efforts on Wednesday. The groups say school legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year will undermine public schools.

Republicans who this year took control of most of state government after Gov. Pat McCrory's election say their changes attempt to hold teachers and schools more accountable for student learning.

State Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County says the Obama administration has pushed states to develop teacher evaluation systems with teeth and merit pay for teachers.

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