N&R reports a Guilford County Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton has granted a preliminary injunction to the Guilford County and Durham boards of education from having to offer contracts to certain teachers in exchange for their tenure:

Liz Foster, president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, shimmied in her chair after hearing Doughton’s ruling. Her dance gave way to happy tears.

The decision shows some state leaders understand the importance of what Foster described as a civil rights issue for teachers.

“After beating them (teachers) down all year, it’s one good thing we can do, that’s for sure,” she said.

The N&R also reports Doughton will be the judge when the case goes to trial and “whichever way he rules when the case goes to trial, an appeal is expected.”

You can probably guess which team of lawyers is already preparing for an appeal.