I wrote a letter to Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, and Kathleen Wynne, Premier, and Catherine Fife, my MPP. But if walking to the mailbox is a chore on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, send a quick e-mail - the contacts are at the links. You can copy and paste what I wrote if you're not up to creating today:
To the Honourable Liz Sandals, MPP, Minister of Education
I have some serious concerns with Regulation 274, added to the Education Act in September, which guides the hiring process of teachers. It ensures that a maximum of five qualified teachers who have been on the supply list the longest are to be interviewed for each job. Administrators are no longer permitted to choose the best and brightest possible to fill each spot. And there is a glut of educated people hoping for a job in teaching.
While it’s unfortunate that a few excellent supply teachers have been overlooked over the years, there are many that are on the supply list year after year who passed over for jobs because they haven’t shown their excellence with students. As this hiring process continues, we could end up with a concentration of weaker teachers given interviews, while some excellent potential candidates know they’ll be sitting on that list for years, if not forever.
This controlling amendment is a means to prevent nepotism, but I haven’t seen any of that where I teach. What I see now, though, are supply teachers who have worked in our building for years, who know the routines and the kids, and who are not allowed to be interviewed for any position because they’re pages and pages of names away from the top of the list.
I’d like to see the strongest possible candidate get the job of teaching my children – not the candidate who held on the longest. Please consider removing this regulation from the Education Act immediately.What are you waiting for? Sign the petition and send a letter. That's the only way we have any chance of stopping this.
If you want to read the Regulation in full before committing, it's here, or read this if you want it explained more.
ETA: The change in Education Ministers, prompted an article in my local paper and a new petition.