Sen. Rich Funke co-sponsors bills that target taxes and teacher evaluations
Two bills co-sponsored by state Sen. Rich Funke, R-Fairport, have passed the Senate. Bill S1904 would make the property tax cap permanent. The other bill, S1262, addresses teacher evaluations.
Regarding teacher evaluations, under S1262 the use of state assessments for teacher evaluations would be eliminated and teacher performance would instead be overseen by local school districts.
“Local school boards and administrators know best how to evaluate their teachers. They never needed any help from the State of New York," stated Funke. "Today, I was proud that legislation I co-sponsor to end the use of standardized test scores in evaluating our teachers finally passed the Senate. Top-down, one-size-fits-all government solutions seldom, if ever, work and Governor Cuomo’s flawed teacher evaluation system was no exception."
On the tax cap bill, Funke lauded the legislation that he credited to Senate Republicans for first introducing the legislation that was then signed by the governor and enacted into law in 2011. According to Funke, since its inception the tax cap has saved taxpayers more than $37 billion.
"I am pleased that the Senate is advancing legislation today to make the property tax cap permanent. I ran on this issue, and I am committed to getting a result that brings certainty to businesses, seniors and middle-class homeowners in my district," stated the senator.
Versions of both bills would have to be passed by the Assembly and then signed by the governor to become law. Funke’s district covers eastern portions of Monroe County and a western section of Ontario County.