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Teachers across North Carolina rejoiced on Friday after hearing the news that North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood voted down the state’s new teacher tenure law by claiming it was unconstitutional.

The law, which was approved by state lawmakers last summer, was designed to eliminate teacher tenure and the protections that came along with it. After the law was enacted, school districts were given until June 30 to award teachers who haven't worked the four years needed to qualify for career status or tenure, one-year contracts, and four-year contracts, along with a cumulative $5,000 bonus for a select 25 percent of teachers. The law was designed to eliminate tenure completely by 2018.

Teachers across the state, including Franklin High School teacher John deVille, joined the North Carolina Association of Educators in a lawsuit against the state in hopes of overturning the law, and on Friday, a judge ruled in their favor. Hobgood stated in his ruling that abolishing teacher tenure "was not reasonable and necessary to serve an important public purpose."


Representing Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 108 in Franklin, Mike Prodoehl (left) and Kenneth Dishner (right) recently gave $250 to the SCC Foundation for an annual scholarship the organization sponsors.

Accepting the check is Mary Otto Selzer, executive director of the SCC Foundation.

The scholarship is awarded to a Macon County resident who is a veteran or has an immediate family member who’s a veteran. The recipient must also hold a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and be a full-time, degree-seeking student. This year’s scholarship went to Andrea Holland of Franklin.

For more information about the SCC Foundation, contact Kathy Posey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)339-4227.

Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) students participated in Folt Science Night – an initiative named in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Carol Folt. The nights are funded by an anonymous donor.

Colored slime, rockets, a marshmallow tower challenge and invisible ink were a few out of the 12 activities sixth grade students participated in. The morning was spent rotating through these activities which were presented by fifth grade MVI Connections, students who have been working for the last week to prepare their activity to present to the sixth grade students. The fifth grade students showed excellent leadership skills by preparing and presenting these activities.


Students in Macon County schools have not received new text books in more than a decade. Text books currently available are out-of-date, or in such bad shape they cannot be used at all. Children go home at night without textbooks to reference, and parents do not have materials to review to help with homework.

“Principals tell me frequently that they hear complaints from parents that they can’t help their child with their homework, because they don’t have a textbook to refer to,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin during the March Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

State funding of education has dramatically decreased over the last 10 years. Since 1999, Macon County’s state allocated textbook budget has been sliced in half. From the 2012-13 school year to this year, Macon County received 76 percent less funding for textbooks reducing the overall textbook allocation to $64,000, or $14 per student. With new books costing upwards of $150 per book, that $64k didn’t go very far, explained Baldwin.


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