Teacher Tenure as a Property-Right?

Many teachers (and a number of county school boards) across North Carolina are upset about the education legislation passed by the 2013 NC General Assembly, particularly the elimination of teacher tenure in favor of merit contracts coupled with bonuses.  In fact, according to an article in the February issue of Carolina Journal, the NC Association of Educators and a small group of teachers have filed a lawsuit in Wake County contending that tenure (or “career status”) is a vested contractual personal property right, and it therefore cannot be terminated without providing just compensation, much as the State would be obligated to provide just compensation when taking real property for a highway overpass.

The court has not yet spoken, of course, but the John Locke Foundation’s (JLF) legal advice is to the effect that the claim … MORE.