Public School Employees

At Patterson Harkavy, we are committed to fighting for public education and public school teachers.

Representing Teachers, Administrators, and Educational Staff

In North Carolina, public school teachers are subject to special employment laws that apply only to them.  If you are a public school teacher with employment concerns, an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and, if necessary, help you reach a resolution with your local board of education.

Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh regularly works with public school teachers, administrators, and educational staff with employment problems.  If you are a public school employee with concerns about your employment, contact us at 1-800-458-2541 to see if we can help.

Fighting for our Public Schools

Patterson Harkavy’s attorneys are committed to protecting public education in North Carolina. We are currently working with the North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center to challenge the constitutionality of legislation eliminating the rights of North Carolina’s public school teachers and undermining the integrity of North Carolina’s public schools.

In December 2013, Patterson Harkavy’s attorneys, together with attorneys from the Justice Center, filed suit alleging that a recently enacted private school voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution. If implemented, the scheme would use public funds to fund unaccountable private schools.  In August 2014, the superior court granted our motion for summary judgment in full.  Appeal of this order is currently pending before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

In 2013, Patterson Harkavy’s attorneys, together with the National Education Association, filed suit alleging that legislation eliminating teacher tenure violates the North Carolina and United States Constitutions. If implemented, the legislation would strip career status teachers of their employment rights. In May 2014, the Superior Court partially granted our motion for summary judgment, permanently enjoining the repeal as it applied to teachers who had already earned tenure. Appeal of this order is currently pending before the Court of Appeals.

Call us at 1 (800) 458-2541

At Patterson Harkavy, we understand that public schools and public school teachers are the backbone of North Carolina.  If you are a public school employee seeking legal assistance, contact us to see if we can help.