Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 23, 2008

Tiverton school doesn’t listen to its voters either

Filed under: Budget — Editor @ 9:37 pm

Anchorrising reports on the continuing turmoil in Tiverton where voters rejected the budget.

“Let’s make a stand and tell the state we can’t take it anymore,” said Joe Sousa.

“How about cutting some services,” added Tom Morse. “I don’t care, I would suggest you start talking about cutting.” …

And Roger Bennis, who supported the cuts, said, he cares less about where the cuts are made than that it happen. “I don’t have any specific recommendations. I am looking to send a message.”

Shouting “no,” the voters signaled that they would not approve the final $2 million of the Budget Committee’s proposed $30 million tax levy. …

Joe Sousa asked fellow voters to “send a message upstate” that the town’s taxpayers reject unfunded state mandates, particularly those related to the schools, like the education of special-needs students.

“We can’t afford it any more,” Sousa said.

“The prices we’re paying to send these children to school are outrageous,” he said.

Unfortunately, the Tiverton politicians want to pull a Chariho.

When the town meeting does reconvene, Mr. Cotta said Thursday, the budget committee could recommend more than one budget, for example the original one recommended at last night’s meeting and another reflecting $2 million in cuts. Parliamentary requirements would have to be met, he said.”We can present more than one budget as long as we have the same or more than the number in attendance when we do as were present when the original vote was taken,” he said. The quorum present at the time (approximately 9 p.m.) the vote was taken last night is thought to be close to what it was (437 voters) when the meeting was called to order at 7:20 p.m. The total vote on the motion was 406 voting, with 151 yeas and 255 nays.Mr. Cotta said people he knows of who voted on the prevailing side could move to reconsider, and thus bring the recommended measure back again that was rejected last night.



  1. It is incredibly easy to spend other people’s money. That is the lesson of government. School Committees can please everyone around them with our money. They reap the satisfaction of happy teachers, administrators and other employeees, and we pay the price.

    School jobs have to be eliminated. Over the years they’ve been reducing non-employee budget items to the point where they can no longer find significant savings by cutting books or field trips. We have 6 Chariho employees for every child…think about that number…I’m guessing other schools are similar. How can taxpayers be expected to fund 6 school employees for every child? If my business had 6 employees for every customer we’d be in business a month and would be filing for bankruptcy.

    This is government at its worst. Government is like any private business in that it seeks to expand. Unlike normal businesses there are not market forces constraining the growth of government business. Government can be inefficient and inept but as long as they have access to our money they can grow. Chariho has grown far too large and it is time for shrinking.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 25, 2008 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  2. I wish Richmond and Charlestonw families would join Hopkinton and Tiverton families in demanding their school system deliver more than huge budgets. I wonder if Tiverton school has been collecting surpluses too while pretending they are strapped for cash? Why do we let these government agencies get out of control? Who benefits except the government workers?

    Comment by Truth or Consequences — May 28, 2008 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  3. Came across this recommended reading list. The books sound appropriate for many of the issues faced by communities. I haven’t read any of these books but would like to hear from anyone who has.

    * Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools by Lydia Segal
    * Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education by Joe Williams
    * Power Grab: How the National Education Association Is Betraying our Children by G. Gregory Moo
    * Public Education: An Autopsy by Myron Lieberman
    * School Corruption: Betrayal of Children and the Public Trust by Armand A. Fusco
    * The Conspiracy of Ignorance The Failure of American Schools by Martin L. Gross
    * The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
    * The Teachers’ Union: How the NEA and AFT Sabotage Reform and Hold Students, Parents, Teachers, and Taxpayers Hostage to Bureaucracy by Myron Lieberman
    * The Worm in the Apple: How the Teachers Unions are Destroying American Education by Peter Brimelow

    Comment by Truth or Consequences — May 28, 2008 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

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