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School leaders looking for better way to decide who gets a raise

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School board members asked if they could opt out of selecting a top 25% for raises, but staff reminded them it is a state law. School board members asked if they could opt out of selecting a top 25% for raises, but staff reminded them it is a state law.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - School leaders in New Hanover County have a better idea of how they'll choose the top 25% of teachers to receive a raise. 

The process considers teacher evaluations that are already handled by the New Hanover County Schools system. Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said at Tuesday's work session that the proposed plan is the least subjective way to handle it. 

There are five North Carolina professional teaching standards for teachers, with tenured educators adhering to two of them.

Members of the school board discussed a possible difference in reviews and administrators told them the process could favor tenured teachers because their reviews are not as critical.

Every standard has individual elements, and an analysis of them would be used to decide ties between two teachers. If a tie persists, the decision will fall to the school's principal. Administrators said Tuesday that ties are unlikely to make it that far.

School board members asked if they could opt out of selecting a top 25% for raises, but staff reminded them it is a state law. The consequences of this process will hurt collaboration and cooperation among teachers, according to administrators.

An estimated timeline for the selection process is as follows:

December - school board votes on process.

February - school board reviews the suggested top 25%.

April/May - notify selected teachers of raise.

June 30 - deadline for teachers to accept raise and new contract.

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