Court halts yet another Tillisberger law

A Superior Court judge has issued an injunction against the teacher bonus blackmail law that required teachers to give up their tenure status to qualify for tepid bonus pay (that only one-fourth of teachers could get anyway).

A Guilford County judge on Wednesday halted a requirement that North Carolina school districts offer a quarter of their teachers multi-year contracts as an enticement for them to give up their so-called "career status" protections.

It's unlikely that this will end up being limited just to Guilford County.

Durham Public Schools last month joined a lawsuit filed by the Guilford County school district, and more than a quarter of the 115 school districts statewide have expressed opposition to contract requirement.

Pat and the Tillisberger must be getting a bit miffed about the courts ruling against so many of their unconstitutional laws.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, who initially crafted the tenure elimination proposal, couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

We can save WRAL the trouble. Phil will rail against activist courts that are preventing teachers from getting the pay increases that the NCGA wants to give them, and that damn teachers union is hurting teachers and causing the state to use money defending itself in court that could otherwise be used to pay teachers more.


We got it mostly right

WRAL just updated the story. Phil's mouthpiece now has a comment:

“It is hard to fathom why a single judge and a small group of government bureaucrats would try to deny top-performing teachers from receiving a well-deserved pay raise," Amy Auth said in an email. "We will appeal this legal roadblock and continue to fight for pay increases for our best teachers.”

They left out the NCAE-bashing piece. That's not like Phil at all. Must have been in a hurry (is there a meeting of the NC Teacher Haters tonight?)

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014