Coming from a home powered by a public school teacher, I am sensitive to matters that go on around education. Especially when it comes to benefits and salaries. Recently, the General Assembly changed the law on teacher tenure. While new teachers can earn merit pay, they cannot earn tenure, which is defined as protection against firing except for cases of poor performance, insubordination or immorality, after teaching for a certain number of years. The good news is that the state Appeals Court has found that teachers who have already earned this distinction are protected under the law. New teachers, not really. And retired teachers like my mom, thankful they don’t have to worry about this anymore.
And now that you know about it, if you’re not a teacher or in a family propelled by one, you don’t have to worry about it either. But it’s something you do need to know about in North Carolina today. And so are these things:
Greensboro City Council will now operate on a committee structure, meaning more meetings, but smaller ones based around topic areas.
Meanwhile, Winston-Salem, who has operated on a committee system for several years, has changed how it determines which community groups are eligible for city funding in the budget.
NC A&T has started the demolition process on its student union. In three years, it will get replaced by a $90 million one.
Abandoned mobile homes are now in the same class as abandoned vehicles in Davie County, which will force homeowners to remove the homes.
Public hearings on the voter ID law are coming to Western North Carolina.
At the General Assembly, bills to allow Sunday hunting, end the sheriff pistol permit system, strip away driving permits for undocumented residents, allow the New Years Opossum Drop and continued discussion of the cost of maintaining public buildings.
The goals of Charlotte-Douglass Airport’s new economic development director.
Property taxes will go up in Wilmington.
More allegations of discrimination are emerging from N.C. Central University.
And finally, a wrinkle that may prevent SB 2 from becoming law after all– the register of deeds offices.