2002-10-19 / Community

Huhn Offers Suggestions To Improve Schools

Huhn Offers Suggestions
To Improve Schools

Kenneth Huhn, the Independence Party candidate for Assembly in the twenty-third Assembly District recently indicated his understanding of the problems with New York's schools.

"Measured by financial support, New York State schools should be the finest in the country. Our per pupil cost - an average of $11,000 - leads the nation in educational spending. Clearly, the state's enormous educational expenditures have not produced superior schools. Performances of New York students on standardized tests, such as the S.A.T., indicate no substantial improvement in verbal and quantitative skills over the past several years."

Huhn continued with some suggestions: "I support 4 steps that I feel will go a long way in improving our state educational system:

  1. Legislation to promote safety in schools by making available to school officials reliable information about pupils who have committed serious felony offenses as well as any violent crime.

  2. Legislation to support reasonable disciplinary efforts of teachers, principals and supervisors, including immediate suspension for reasonable periods, for disruptive, illegal and immoral behavior without the disruption of schoolwork and personnel by formal hearings.

  3. Develop methods of teacher performance evaluation, moving eventually to a system of merit pay to reward good teaching.

  4. Refund to parents the part of their state income tax, which goes to education, if they send their children to private school."

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