This morning Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction for another Republican law. Today’s injunction applies to a 2013 law that phased out teacher tenure (also called “career status”) and required school districts to transition to a contract and performance pay system of their choosing.
In February, Hobgood issued an injunction for the Opportunity Scholarship Program, a voucher program for low-income children that was championed by Republicans and signed into law last year. The N.C. Supreme Court overruled his order, which will allow the voucher program to resume operation.
Now the ball is in the Republicans’ court. Will legislative leaders make changes to the tenure law during the current legislative session or will they regroup and propose a revised law next year? The problem with making changes now is that the next school year is only three months away, which would give districts insufficient time to comply with the requirements of a new law.
In my opinion, Republican leaders should 1) take a breathe and regroup after the 2014 session; 2) wait until the 2015 session to propose new legislation that would modify teacher contracts; and 3) consider hiring new/additional bill drafters, counsel, and advisors.