Hamilton County, OH November 2, 1999 Election
Smart Voter

Tom Bemmes Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Reading City School District

Candidate Answers Questions on the Issues

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Hamilton County and asked of all candidates for this office.

Read the answers from all candidates.

Questions & Answers

1. What effect would the community (charter) schools have on the public schools in your district?

A charter school in Reading would negatively effect the public school system, unless the schools all had the exact same state regulations.

2. Evaluate the adequacy of support services, beyond state standards, presently provided for special-needs students in your district.

The support services that are in place are excellent. Now we must help families to take advantage of these services.

3. Has the use of proficiency tests in your school improved the education of students?

Reading Schools have always provided an excellent education. The proficiency tests have forced schools to align curriculum and focus on proficiency topics and this is ok. I do however believe that the proficiency tests do apply undue pressure on young children.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League, but formatted for Web display. Candidates were asked to limit their responses to 300 words for all 3 answers. Simple spelling or typographical errors were corrected after confirmation with the candidate.

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