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New proposal could eliminate tenure for teachers

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Local school leaders are reacting a proposal that could eliminate tenure for teachers in North Carolina.

State Senator Phil Berger introduced Senate Bill 361 on Tuesday in Raleigh that would do away with tenure and allow for the development of "pay-for-performance" rules that were put in place during the last legislative session.

Under the new plan, more experienced teachers could be placed on four year contracts.  Meanwhile, less experienced teachers who do not perform well could be placed on shorter contracts. 

The idea is to have incentives in place for teachers who excel as much as possible.

The bill also includes changes to the common core curriculum as well as end of year testing procedures.

John Welmers with the New Hanover County School system says that teachers should start preparing for some big changes.  "Tenure has been a right that teachers in the state have earned for many years," said Welmers.  "Now with this change and the way we do contracts with teachers and evaluate them, it's going to impact them greatly."

The bill is expected to be heard sometime next month.

If all goes according to plan, changes could go into effect by the end of the 2014 school year.

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