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Educators are fighting back through lawsuits and coal

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It's another lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. Six school teachers and the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) filed it at the Wake County Superior Courthouse Tuesday morning. 

The plaintiffs have issue with North Carolina's new law that eliminates teacher tenure.  NCAE and the six teachers fear without that protection effective teachers will be in the center of a hostile working environment.

"They can automatically dismiss them with no protection," NCAE President Rodney Ellis said. "No due process rights and I think that will be unfair and unjust if we don't have those rights. We can't advocate for what's best for our students."

Politicians are responding to the lawsuit.  Leaders in the General Assembly didn't take long to react to the latest lawsuit.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and President Pro Tempore Phil Berger issued this statement concerning the lawsuit.

"By filing another frivolous lawsuit, the union has made its blueprint clear: 'if at first you don't succeed at the polls, then sue, sue again.' While union leaders are focused on succeeding in the courtroom, we'll remain focused on our children succeeding in the classroom."

"They keep making this a political issue," Ellis said. "When it is not about politics, it is about what's best for students in North Carolina."

In addition to the lawsuit, teachers, parents and people from the community showed up at the Government Center to give Governor Pat McCrory a bag of coal.   They claim he deserves it for terminating tenure, large cuts in teaching assistants and instructional supplies, the phasing out of the Teaching Fellows program, the elimination of pay increases for teachers with masters degrees, and his support for voucher programs.

McCrory people quickly responded with this statement.

"North Carolinians are tired of PR stunts," the Governor's office said. "And this is an attempt by 'Moral Monday' protesters to get free publicity. If these protesters did their homework, they would have seen that Governor McCrory is working hard to reward our hard working teachers."

Educators say they are not giving up. They will continue to bring change because they feel they are being targeted by politicians.

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