Chariho School Parents’ Forum

March 10, 2009

Monday’s Sun feature

Filed under: Nov 18 meeting (where I was removed from office) — Editor @ 7:04 pm

Monday, the Westerly Sun did a feature on how OSPRI and I got started.

A political lightning rod
During his short political career, William Felkner has accused his alma mater of liberal bias, started a free-market think tank and done battle with the Chariho School Committee.

ASHAWAY — It was only within the past few years that 45-year-old William Felkner became interested in politics.

Since that time, he’s charged that his alma mater has a liberal bias against him. He’s also started a free-market thinktank, which includes the state’s first lady on its board of directors.

And he’s taken his battle to retain his seat on the Chariho Regional School Committee to the state’s highest court, claiming colleagues wrongfully ousted him.

Overall, I thought it was pretty good. A few minor mistakes but that happens when so much info is being rattled off so quickly – primarily the fact that I have 2 girls and a boy, not 3 girls.  And Kat is from MA, I moved back from SD to marry  her here, she did not live in SD with me.  Also, I did do my internship in the Gov’s office and worked on the welfare legislation, what I didn’t get was credit for my work as RI College refused to allow me to write my master’s thesis on welfare reform (as they said, it was a “toxic subject” and caused too many problems when I voiced my position – sounds kinda like Chariho, eh?).

Full story HERE (the comments are pretty interesting too)



  1. Gene had conjectured that maybe Obama would be a positive force as it pertains to the national failure to educate our children in government schools. I heard today that congress will be ending the limited choice program in Washington, D.C. Here’s a link to an article on the topic which demonstrates how willing our politicians are to throw children to the wolves as a reward to teacher unions:

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 11, 2009 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  2. I think “conjecture” is a bit much … the article raises reform possibilities that the NEA and many congressional democrats certainly doesn’t like.

    Your article aims at congressional dems, not Obama. His public statements would not lead me to think he supports eliminating the vouchers.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 11, 2009 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  3. Bill … any thoughts on the Gov’s budget proposal, sounds like he’s trying to plug holes with stimulus dollars?

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 11, 2009 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  4. Obama has promised to sign the legislation. He certainly has the political clout to have the program saved, but it sounds like he isn’t going to do it. I’ll wait until final comfirmation, but in every public pronouncement I’ve heard Obama make on education, never does he speak positively about school choice.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 11, 2009 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. Haven’t read it yet. Did speak with someone this AM and was told the “plan” is that the corporate and personal income tax cuts will take a while to attract jobs so the stimulas would be used for projects that will create short term jobs (road construction, etc) to get us through while the permanant jobs are being developed.
    That being said, I will be the first to admit that I don’t always get the full story – so I would feel more confident after I read it.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — March 11, 2009 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  6. I don’t recall Obama talking about vouchers but I do remember his advocacy for more charter schools and more money to impliment a merit or incentive pay for excellent teachers. Those aren’t bad but fall short IMHO. Charters can be shackled with the same rules the public schools have paying good teachers more is good but unaffordable until we stop paying bad teachers (that means get rid of them). It was McCain who said he wanted to help ineffective teachers find their true calling.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — March 11, 2009 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  7. Details, details……there are few and we all know where the devil hides.

    Comment by RS — March 13, 2009 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

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