North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger announced a sweeping education plan introduced in the Senate today. Berger said the plan closely mirrors programs in Florida. The bill will be taken up in the legislature’s short session which starts on May 16.
The bill includes additional funds for reading programs in Grades 1-3. It would end teacher tenure and institute a merit pay system. It would also put an end to social promotion, Berger said.
Berger said he did not talk with teacher groups but did talk with individual teachers, superintendents and legislators in other states.
Naturally, the move has political implications. Teacher organizations are likely to fight the bill, but some aspects of it resonate strongly with independent voters and Democrats so it could turn into a wedge issue. President Obama is known to advocate positions that give the NEA heartburn.
The A-F grading system was a pretty smart move IMHO. As a former K-12 reporter who had to cover the implementation of the current School of Excellence/ School of Distinction system, it all seemed a bit too too. Most people probably have no idea what they mean. The A-F system is understandable.
It would be terrific if this thing could be a true starting point for reforming the state’s education system, but right now it looks like a purely partisan move. It’ll be interesting if some of the reporters covering this can get into who all Berger has been talking to about the bill. House Speaker, Thom Tillis for instance, wasn’t even in town. Neither was Pat McCrory.
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WRAL – NC Senate wants merit pay, end to teacher tenure