Rare bipartisan bill on NC tenure rules pass House

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House has approved an unusually bipartisan effort to make changes to the usually divisive subject of public school teacher tenure rules.

The House voted 113-1 Thursday in favor of legislation sponsors say will make it easier to remove poorly performing teachers.

The measure replaces the current "career status" label good teachers receive after four years in the same district with what's called "non-probationary status." Teachers could lose that status — and possibly their jobs — if they receive poor evaluations two years in a row.

An amendment makes clear the teacher could regain that status if they remain on the job for two more years and make improvements.

The Senate has a competing bill to do away with tenure and give teachers one- to four-year contracts instead.

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