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Teachers want homework graded

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Updated: 5:45 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Seven high school teachers at Indian Lake Central School want to resume grading homework.

The district Board of Education adopted a policy about five years ago that ended the practice. But the seven teachers believe not grading homework has resulted in fewer students doing it.

There was a lengthy discussion on the matter when the BOE met Wednesday, July 9.

Vice President David Harrington said he understands the frustration of teachers unable to get students to do their homework, and the policy could be revisited.

Principal David Snide, who advanced the idea when first presented and adopted, remains opposed to grading homework. "I am opposed to giving a zero for not doing homework," said Snide. "I question the value of some homework because you don't know who did the homework -- the student, a parent or a friend."

President Jon Voorhees agreed. He said, "There is not a level playing field outside the classroom. Some kids are at a disadvantage at home."

Voorhees said he would be in favor of keeping kids after school to do homework they don't turn in.

Some of the teachers tried to argue their case for grading homework. With no agreement or resolution in sight, the board and the teachers present agreed the matter should be discussed in depth sometime in August, when the board would meet with the full teaching staff.


-- The board approved the bus maintenance agreement with Raquette Lake Union Free School District that sets $35 per hour as the repair rate, plus parts.

-- The board approved renewing the bus storage and snow removal agreement with the Town of Indian Lake at the same rate as last year, $825 a month, from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

-- Superintendent of Schools Mark Brand publicly thanked state Sen. Hugh Farley for directing $5,000 in Bullet Aid to the district. The money will be put into the General Fund.

The ILCS BOE will next meet Tuesday, Aug. 19, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.


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