Chariho School Parents’ Forum

January 14, 2009

“What we are up against”

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 11:48 am

The big difference between East Providence and Chariho, IMHO, is that “conservatives/libertarians/center-right oriented thinkers” control both the School Committee and Town Council.  This may be due to the fact that elections are non-partisan in that town (no straight party lever) but that’s a discussion for another day.

What is the same is who or what we are up against.  The NEA.  Please take the time to read and listen to reports from last night’s EP School Committee meeting that are posted over at Anchorrising.  They had to call the meeting because of safety concerns.

And some people say I’m too aggressive!



  1. I sent the following email out today, cc’d ProJO and WestSun.

    Area Vice President
    Region I Fran Barry, East Providence


    Just wanted to let you know what a nice job of displaying the correct manner in which to conduct ourselves when engaged in the process of civics.

    You people wonder what is wrong with our children and why they don’t behave better in your classrooms.

    Guess where they learned it.

    Comment by RS — January 14, 2009 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  2. After listening to these “educators” it is no wonder our children are being so poorly educated. It brought back memories of watching Planet of the Apes for the first time.

    Comment by Curious Resident — January 14, 2009 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  3. The sadest part is this is all about greed on the teachers part. Don’t be fooled otherwise, its strictly about what they have, can get and want out of the taxpayers. This whole charade they are putting on is to simply line their pockets at the expense of the taxpayers, you can’t even say its at the expense of the children because they were sold out long ago, reflected by the poor performance record of the school system.
    Why weren’t any of the teachers at the podium with the latest reports on school performance touting why they are worth what they are seeking ?? Now that would be a comendable move, defending why you should get what you are asking for, not standing up yelling like its a Jesse Jackson rally without adult supervision.

    Comment by RS — January 14, 2009 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  4. What “professional” gets a raise without providing results-oriented justification? Whatever the reason, Rhode Island schools deliver dismal educational outcomes. When compared globally, the results are even worse.

    Teachers should be held accountable for getting the job done. If curriculum is the obstacle, then they should show up at School Committee meetings and demand curriculum be changed. If discipline in the classroom is a problem, then show up to demand changes in school policy.

    Instead, they show up only to protest their compensation. Tell me all you want how valuable teachers are…but until they act like they care about a job well done, I’m not buying it. We need school choice and we need it quickly. The games at our children’s expense will continue until we do what the rest of the world is doing and let parents decide the schools which work best.

    Comment by Curious Resident — January 14, 2009 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  5. Professional gangsters and corrupt union officers do….I could think of a few more but gotta go eat.

    Comment by RS — January 14, 2009 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  6. I read with interest what is going on here. One of the biggest problems you have is a weak School Committee and the apathy in the three comunities doesn’t help

    I note the comments here and the articles in Pro-jo relating to East Providence. Many of you may not remember the one time in its history that Hopkinton had a teachers strike, prior to the time Chariho became K-12.

    Hopkinton had a strong and united School Committee back then and some of the same activites were used against them during the stike, out of town teachers on the picket lines and terrible behavior on the part of professionals. What was interesting was that following days in court it was obvious the Judge did not want to make a decison for or against the NEA. The School Committee called a meeting at the Ashaway School and the cafetoruim was full. When the teachers union saw that the community was behind the school committee they asked for a meeting and ended up settling for not one penny more than had been offered prior to the strike. In order to save face they were allowed to have the money split the way they wanted and of course most of it went to the higher step teachers. They also gave up the Dental Plan that had been part of the original offer, in favor of the cash in their pockets that would have been paid for the dental insurance by the then School Committee. (They had no dental insurance at that time) It is always all about money and certainly not about the children, providing quality education or what is best for the community.
    To win the battle you must have the support of the community, in this case communities. The apathy that is in the Chaiho Communities and the difficulty you have in getting people to run for school committee, never mind strong rational people, also contributes greatly to the problems that exist.

    In the past the attorney for the School Committee worked for them and not for the super or the teachers. He/she gave the school committee all their options and his/her opinion as to what the results of each option might be. My recollection is that those options were then discussed by the School Committee in public and they made the decision as to which option they wanted to accept with the public having heard the discussion which led to the decision. The present Chariho Attorney does not seem to function that way and should not have a job at Chariho. It also appears the Super runs the School Commitee even if they deny it.

    I commend all of you for being involved and for expressing your opinion. Too bad there are not more like you involved in caring about their children’s education.

    I will continue to follow the Blog with interest and wish you all luck as the road you are travelling is not an easy one and you need to stay strong and not give up the battle.

    Comment by Interested — January 18, 2009 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks for sharing “Interested.” If you don’t mind sharing, where are you from?

    Comment by Lois Buck — January 20, 2009 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  8. Lois,

    While I know longer live in RI I was raised there and spent most of my adult life in Hopkinton. Like all of you I love Hopkinton and will always have an interest in what happens there.

    Comment by Interested — January 20, 2009 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  9. Notice the strike and Hopkinton’s response was during the time when Hopkinton had control of our Elementary Schools. I bet we can correlate the decline of a Chariho education with the erosion of the public will to demand accountability and excellent academic results. Depending on Richmond and Charlestown to care about our children was a huge mistake.

    Hopkinton was foolish to give up total control of education to the Chariho empire. Too bad we can’t go back to the days when Hopkinton made its own decisions and held to our own values. When I hear about the state wanting to consolidate schools promising cost efficiencies, I know it is a load of bunk based on Hopkinton’s education history. The further government gets from the people, the more apathetic people become. It is difficult for the average person to influence local government. It is nearly impossible for the average person to influence state government. It is impossible for the average person to influence federal government. When you have little hope of influence, the human response is to be apathetic. When it comes to Chariho, the few of us here thinking we can change things may be the ignorant ones.

    Comment by Curious Resident — January 20, 2009 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

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