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1 in 4: CMS to discuss which teachers get raises

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administrators will outline next week how they plan to select the 25 percent of teachers eligible for four-year contracts and $500-a-year raises under state law.

This year’s budget phases out teacher tenure, known as career status, and requires school districts to offer the contracts and raises to 25 percent of teachers with at least three years’ experience and proficient job ratings. The budget bill left it to each superintendent to determine how the 25 percent would be chosen.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison has said he thinks the arbitrary limit on the number who can be offered four-year contracts creates a demoralizing competition, but he has also said he’ll comply with the law. He’s been meeting with teachers to talk about possible approaches.

Some teachers have said they’ll refuse the contracts and raises because they’re required to surrender their tenure in exchange.

A presentation on the selection process is on the agenda for Wednesday’s school board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. People who want to speak to the board about any topic can call 980-343-5139 by noon Wednesday or sign up on-site before the meeting.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms
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