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North Carolina Dumps Tenure for Public School Teachers

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North Carolina has become the latest state to overhaul its teacher tenure rules, directing school administrators to offer four-year contracts to top performers but one- or two-year contracts to everybody else.

Previously, all North Carolina teachers with five years of experience were eligible for tenure, which granted them a right to due process before dismissal. Now, longer-term job security will be limited to the 25 percent of teachers who are ranked most effective, based on yet-to-be-determined criteria.

Republican lawmakers who pushed for the tenure changes said the old system allowed too many ineffective teachers to remain in classrooms.