Schools in the Charlotte, N.C., area are sending layoff notices to more than 400 veteran teachers based mostly on their job performance, and plan to hire 100 Teach for America educators for the next school year. "I think it is a slap in the faces of the ones who are going to be losing their jobs. It's more or less telling them, 'We don't give a flip about you,' " said Mary McCray, president of the district's teachers union.

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