Sen. Alfonse D'Amato says teachers should be evaluated every five years to see if they deserve to keep their jobs and is proposing new powers for principals to remove violent students from school.
D'Amato, R-N.Y., at odds with powerful teachers' unions in New York State, also recommended Saturday an end to the practice of granting tenure, lifetime job protection for teachers.
"Those teachers who have succeeded in the classroom would be retained and some even given merit raises," D'Amato said in the Republicans' weekly radio address. "Those who have failed our children would be replaced by teachers who will do better."
The senator also said teachers should be tested to ensure they are competent in their subjects.
D'Amato's proposed changes would allow principals to quickly remove disruptive and violent students from classrooms.
"We must insist that the classroom become an oasis of learning instead of a place where our children can be subjected to violence and drugs," he said.