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March 4, 2014

Wake County school board to hold press conference on new teacher contracts

The Wake County school board will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon before a scheduled vote on a resolution opposing the new state requirement that it offer 25 percent of teachers a bonus in return for them giving up tenure.

UPDATE; Click here to view the online story about the news conference.

The Wake County school board has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. in advance of today’s vote on a resolution opposing the new state requirement that it offer 25 percent of teachers a bonus in return for them giving up tenure.

Wake’s media advisory says the school board will “speak about teacher contracts and career status.” The North Carolina Association of Educators is lobbying Wake to both pass the resolution and to file an affidavit in support of the group’s lawsuit against the elimination of tenure.

Wake could opt to go even further by deciding to join in the lawsuit that the Guilford County school board plans to file against the new contracts and the elimination of tenure. The Durham school board will vote Wednesday on joining Guilford in the threatened lawsuit.

How much the board members say before the 5 p.m. closed session when they’re expected to discuss the issue before the public vote remains to be seen.

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