Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 7, 2008

Green light on Green Dot contract

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 12:34 pm

There is a charter school in CA called Green Dot that continues to use union labor but has a unique provision in the contract.  Living in the private sector, I take these things as a given.  It is truly sad that every public school employee doesn’t already live by these standards. 

I have supplied this section to the school committee for its consideration on the upcoming contract negotiations. (emphasis added)

Article XVIII – Discipline


No unit member shall be disciplined, non-renewed, dismissed, reduced in rank or compensation without just cause.  Just cause includes but is not limited to:


  • Causing harm to students, parents and/or staff members
  • Engaging in behavior that may pose a safety risk to students, parents and/or staff members
  • Engaging in unprofessional behavior with students, parents and /or  staff members (i.e. sexual harassment and discrimination)
  • Teaching performance by a unit member that is below expectations and does not improve materially in spite of the fact that an action plan and a development plan has been put in place by the respective Principal for that unit member
  • Poor student academic performance within a unit member’s subject area.  Poor academic performance is defined as student performance on multiple student outcome measures for that subject area that is substantially below that of comparable schools
  • Representing the school or the entire Green Dot organization in an unprofessional manner to people outside of the school or organization
  • Consistent violations of Green Dot / school policies and procedures where progressive discipline has already occurred




  1. Good luck trying to get that implemented in the next contract. I’d love to see it in there!

    Comment by CharihoParent — October 7, 2008 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  2. I suggest before the taxpayers vote for anyone running for the school committee, ask them if they are willing to support this idea if elected. Of course without any leverage in negotiations, the committee would be toothless, the NEA has seen fit through its PAC that no help would be forthcoming from the state house. So here we sit in a stranglehold, the NEA clutching our throats….my friends we must start at the top for these solutions to work, grassroot efforts from the bottom have already been anticipated and controlled by the NEA. So why do we continue to elect those who choose to stranglehold the very people who elect them?

    Comment by RS — October 7, 2008 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  3. Alas, I am only one vote. I would suggest calling your representative on the Committee and asking them to support it. Then call a few friends and ask them to do the same. Otherwise, they will only hear from those self-interested in keeping the status quo.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — October 7, 2008 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  4. You could eliminate the first 3 by installing cameras in every Special Ed classroom, especially RYSE! Or does it provide evidence that is contrary to who is “chosen” to be dismissed “withot just cause”. They are generic words that can be manipulated by staff and administration to their advantage and to the detriment of the person accused.

    By the way, I was called a “MILF” by an employee of Psychological Centers, several times; would that be considered discrimination? “Texas”

    Comment by FORMER RYSE BMA — October 8, 2008 @ 3:42 am | Reply

  5. That would be sexual harrasment and is an easy lawsuit. Did you talk to anyone about it (lawyer?)? are you going to?

    Comment by JS — October 8, 2008 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  6. Hi!
    The Chariho Times , has the bios and statements/views of Chariho School Committee candidates and chariho area General Assembly candidates. Bill Day, I recall did not have an entry. Ron Preuhs, a write-in candidate is not there also. I do not know if he was not included because of his late write-in entry, but I assume so. I do not know if this is or will be available online.
    The Chariho Times has a write-up on the Chariho situation at the last Hopkinton Town Council meeting and the work of Sylvia Thompson on that issue. I spoke and was not quoted. Considering I was supportive of Sylvia and we are not only Hopkinton Town Council candidates but of different partisan persuasions, I think i was at least quotable. Georgia Ure was quoted nonetheless.
    Tomorrow at 3 P.M., the meeting will be televised on cable and I should be on the town web site now?

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 9, 2008 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  7. Mr. Hirst could you copy and paste the direct link to the Chariho Times website which has the bios and views of the candidates. The link you gave only goes to the general website and I can’t find the information you describe? There is a partial blurb about Mrs. Thompson, but not very much. Thanks.

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 9, 2008 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  8. ProJo has an editorial objecting to secrecy in public schools:

    “There is altogether too much secrecy associated with managing public schools. This partly stems from legal advice that administrators get regarding the privacy rights of students, parents and school employees. But one suspects that some administrators are guilty of concealing policies and curricular items that vocal critics may object to. Sex education, for example, is reliably incendiary.”

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 10, 2008 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  9. Hi!
    I don’t believe I can copy and paster Curious Resident. I need to improve my computer skilss, use the library, and it is not accessible on line. Best to contact Chariho Times editor Galen McGovern directly at , with questions.
    The Westerly Sun will have candidates information online and you can post comments now. I assume with their pre election coverage on October 26TH, it will have candidates and information candidates biograhical information and statements will be online around that time.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 11, 2008 @ 11:39 am | Reply

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