(Asheville Citizen-Times) Supporters of proposed legislation to end tenure for teachers say it will improve accountability, allowing school systems to more easily get rid of teachers who aren’t doing the job. But opponents are calling the proposal another attack on teachers and an attempt to silence them. “This is part of their (Republican lawmakers’) mantra that money doesn’t matter, and the problem is the teacher. They have piled on and beat on teachers for a year,” said Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe. The tenure proposal would have teachers move to one-year contracts. It is part of broader education legislation that would also have local school systems come up with a merit pay system for teachers. A release from N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger’s office says the bill will “boost accountability in the classroom by employing teachers on annual contracts that are based on performance.”
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