RALEIGH, N.C. — The House voted 113-1 Thursday for an education reform package that allows senior teachers to lose their career status, what many call tenure, for bad performance and calls for a study of how to award good teachers merit pay.

Other aspects of the bill include instructing the Department of Public Instruction to create a program that allows students to earn educational credit for "real-time experiences" like clerkships and internships. It also increases the number of professional development credits teachers are required to get from 7.5 to 10 per cycle and strengthens requirements for School Improvement Plans.

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