merit system


Definition of merit system

: a system by which appointments and promotions in the civil service are based on competence rather than political favoritism

Examples of merit system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The images apparently were in response to the unanimous school board’s vote to use a lottery system for admission this fall to Lowell High School rather than a merit system based on academics, board members said. Jill Tucker,, "A bloody glove and swastikas: SF school board members targeted by social media posts," 26 Oct. 2020 And should there be a merit system, as President Trump wants? NBC News, "Full transcript: Democratic debate in Houston," 13 Sep. 2019 An order for Stimpson to provide an accounting of all employees hired outside the merit system process. al, "Mobile council files counterclaim to Stimpson lawsuit," 22 Aug. 2019 Classroom education is a farce; the merit system is an ongoing game of move-the-goalposts; and Elwood is enlisted on trips to transfer Nickel’s provisions to white businesses, or serve as free labor at the homes of the friends of Nickel’s minders. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "'The Nickel Boys' is a literary achievement. Will Colson Whitehead win another Pulitzer?," 15 July 2019 Strahl is a loan officer who has served on the city's Personnel Board, which advises the council and city manager on the merit system and personnel policies and administration. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 In Pennsylvania, one of only seven states electing judges at all levels, the issue of a merit system has hung around for years as a good-government initiative, sometimes inertly, sometimes charged up by one judicial scandal or another. John Baer,, "About that court ruling that could change the face of Pennsylvania politics | John Baer," 23 Jan. 2018 The bill moved those visas elsewhere in the system and introduced a merit system that took into account multiple factors like family and work skills. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump blames Schumer, Democrats for immigration policies he says led to terror attack," 1 Nov. 2017 Exempt employees are those that are hired outside the state merit system. Mike Cason,, "Alabama Superintendent Ed Richardson says bureacracy could be trimmed," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of merit system

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Merit system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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