Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CMS board yanks support of performance-pay bill

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously to withdraw its support from House Bill 546, a controversial performance-pay measure that came to symbolize many teachers' frustration with CMS and former Superintendent Peter Gorman.

Gorman and his staff crafted the bill,  which would grant CMS the right to revise the teacher pay scale without teacher approval. A prior bill had given CMS authority to pilot performance pay with approval by its teachers. The House approved 546,  but it was tabled by the Senate.

Last year the school board was narrowly divided on the bill,  with a slim majority supporting it. Mary McCray, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators at the time, was a vocal opponent. She retired from that post and is now among three new members. As vice chair of the school board, she made the motion to tell lawmakers that CMS no longer wants the bill pursued.

The board also voted 8-1 on a legislative agenda,  with Rhonda Lennon opposing because it includes taxing authority for CMS.

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