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No ruling on NCAE teacher tenure lawsuit

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A Wake County judge held a hearing for Monday afternoon on the North Carolina Association of Educator’s lawsuit against the state over a repeal of teacher tenure but did not make a ruling.

Judge Robert Hobgood said he may have a ruling Friday, but not before. He said there is a lot of paperwork regarding the case he will have to review.

There are six plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all teachers. They argue that they took teaching positions partly because they would be guaranteed tenure.

The NCAE filed the lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court on Dec. 17.

They claim the law that the General Assembly passed last year, which trades teacher tenure for teacher contracts and increased pay for the top 25 percent of teachers, is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit also seeks a permanent injunction against the law.

How much teachers are paid, and whether they get tenure, has been a key political issue in North Carolina in recent years. Teacher pay stalled during the Great Recession, and Gov. Pat McCrory's original budget in 2013, which included a 1 percent raise for teachers, did not survive the General Assembly. Lawmakers are now working on ways to hike teacher pay, but there is intense disagreement on whether teachers should get tenure. 

Officials with the NCAE hoped the ruling would come on Monday.

"It's a lot of information for someone to have to review and we just have to hope that teachers will continue to remain as optimistic as we have," said NCAE President, Rodney Ellis. "We are excited. We feel that the judge is going to rule in our favor.  We feel that we have a very strong case and we will continue to be optimistic about it." 

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