Hamilton County, OH November 2, 1999 Election
Smart Voter

Lawrence Hawkins Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Princeton 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?

The community schools (elementary schools) have a tremendous effect on the public school system. they should get a lot of attention, because that is where students are the youngest and therefore the most impressionable. If we can instill the value of education, the reasons for exhibiting leadership skills, and the benefit of being drug free all at an early age, these ideas will probably stay in the students' minds throughout their later years.

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

Support services for special needs students in the Princeton district are fairly good. There can always be improvements in helping these students. The goal should be to provide the best possible care to these students, and support them as they learn, and develop as individuals.

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

The use of proficiency tests in the district has made educators realize what type of education students are getting. The test in and of itself does not make for better education, but the test provides another measuring stick to see what the students are actually learning, and that is beneficial.

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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