RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate is working to revamp public school laws ranging from stripping job-protecting tenure laws from teachers to adding more classroom days without shortening summer vacation.
The Senate's education committee approved the package Tuesday and heard from teachers and school administrators.
Teachers would still lose job-protecting tenure status, but school superintendents would be able to offer contracts of up to four years instead of year-to-year contracts. Teachers would be allowed a tax deduction of up to $250 for the school supplies they buy out of their own pockets for their classrooms or needy students. Schools would get a grade from A to F on an annual report card based on how students are doing.