Greensboro judge considers if districts can sue on tenure

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO — A judge in Greensboro is considering whether two school districts can sue the state over North Carolina's teacher tenure law.

Special Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton said Wednesday he wants more information on whether the school districts have legal standing to sue, the News & Record of Greensboro (http://bit.ly/1j6AtNm) reported.

Doughton said he expects to make a decision next week on whether Guilford and Durham school district leaders should temporarily be freed from certain provisions of the law.

The Durham Board of Education and the Guilford County Board of Education and Guilford Superintendent Maurice Green are suing the state over new requirements on revoking tenure from vested teachers. They say the new law is too vague and could leave them vulnerable to lawsuits.

They say revoking tenure from vested teachers would violate the state and U.S. constitutions.

School districts have until June 30 to award new contracts to certain teachers who agree to waive the extra layer of job protection.

North Carolina's lawyers say school districts cannot sue the state.

Lawyers have until Monday to provide the additional information Doughton wants.

Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders want to eliminate tenure for all teachers by 2018.

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