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NC House Panel Approves Teacher Tenure Changes

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File photo of school computers.(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

File photo of school computers.(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The solution offered by the North Carolina House to retool teacher tenure rules has cleared a policy panel with little debate.

The House Education Committee voted Tuesday in favor of a measure sponsors say will make it easier to fire poorly-performing teachers.

The bipartisan measure differs from a proposal backed by Senate leader Phil Berger that would phase out job-protecting tenure over five years and replace it with teacher contracts of one to four years.

House members instead want to label teachers as having “non-probationary status” after four years of highly effective work. Teachers could lose that status — and possibly their jobs — if they receive poor evaluations two years in a row and don’t improve within the next two.

The bill’s next scheduled stop is the House floor.

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