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Jackson County Schools have released a proposal that outlines how the system selects teachers to receive state-mandated contracts and raises. Teachers with master’s degrees, national certifications and two years high evaluations with the most points. After that, teachers requesting four-year contracts and the promise of a raise have to rely upon their scores to beat their colleagues. Jackson County School System’s contract-selection plan remains a draft proposal, but administrators say they only expect to make small changes before its officially approved by the school board. The Republican-controlled General Assembly last year ordered school districts to select 25 percent of teachers and offer them the contracts and $500-a-year raises. Teachers statewide have protested that the plan is unfair and divisive; legislators have said the system is designed to reward top performing educators.