RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law that sought to strip job protections from public school teachers is being attacked by groups representing police officers and state government retirees.
The state Supreme Court on Monday hears arguments on whether the 2013 law violated the constitutional rights of veteran teachers by gutting job protections they’d earned. A lower court ruled the General Assembly could cut off so-called career status for newer teachers, but that the state had made a deal with veteran teachers it couldn’t revoke.
Groups representing other public employees and retirees say their benefits are at stake unless the Supreme Court sticks to that principle.
The challenged law ends protections for veteran teachers against subjective decisions of administrators. Teachers still can be fired for reasons including poor performance, immorality and insubordination.