Rule stymies teacher hiring in Ontario

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.