NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - On Friday a Superior Court judge in Wake County ruled it was
unconstitutional for the state of North Carolina to get rid of teacher tenure
The judge issued a permanent injunction
against the state saying "impairments to contracts was not reasonable to
serve an important public service."
Welmers, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the New Hanover County
School District, said the judge's
decision was good for the New Hanover County School System.
Welmers added nothing
was official because the written judgment hadn't come out yet.
Superintendent thinks this latest ruling from a judge will
prevent the 25 percent program, a process that would reward the top 25 percent
of teachers in the school district, from replacing teacher tenure for the time
being. He explained that the education system in North Carolina was not ready
for the rewards-based pay program.
"The process that was laid out wasn't doable,"
said Welmers. "It was just in a situation where actually I think it was going
to do more harm to the teaching profession than good. In the long run, rewards
for performance would be good, but this wasn't the way to get their at this
Welmers said the future of
the tenure process itself still seems uncertain. He said it's possible some
teachers will be grandfathered into tenure, but new teachers may not receive