Sunday, August 16, 2015

Rule stymies teacher hiring in Ontario

Charles Wakefield, who heads up People for Merit-based Teacher Hiring
It’s called Regulation 274 and to its harshest critics — principals and parents aware of its impact — it has been the worst thing to happen to teacher hiring in Ontario in the past three years.

The regulation — which mandates that teachers be hired for permanent jobs based strictly on seniority and not on merit — has forced principals to “interview and hire incompetent people” and “protects the weakest teachers,” according to responses obtained from a recent survey of principals undertaken by People for Merit-based Teacher Hiring, a coalition of 100 school councils.

Doretta Wilson, executive director of the Society for Quality Education, says this forces school boards to “pass the trash.”

“There are some teachers who really shouldn’t be around children and it’s very difficult to get rid of those bad teachers,” she says.

It is one of the key sticking points in the current round of teacher negotiations. The Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) wants to see it rescinded. While the three major teacher unions won’t talk about the issues that have them threatening work-to-rule action starting on the first day of school, their directives to members are full of rhetoric about how “unfair” it would be rescind it.

According to Toronto resident Charles Wakefield, who heads up People for Merit-based Teacher Hiring, Reg. 274 was introduced by former premier Dalton McGuinty in 2012 as a way to improve relations with teachers “after a stormy time.”  (more...)

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