Chariho School Parents’ Forum

April 13, 2009

Clouds with silver liningS

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 8:10 pm

I capitalize the “S” for emphasis on the plural.

When I reported the Court order I mentioned that the can of worms apparently opened by the decision could be a silver lining with implications to several at the State House (see previous post). Well, there is another silver, or perhaps gold, lining for this cloud…


(building suspence)


Need I say more?



  1. Congratulations Mrs. Ure. Let us know what we can do to support you.

    Comment by RS — April 13, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  2. Great 1st comment, RS. She will need us all to step up and help her any way we can.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — April 13, 2009 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  3. I only know Mrs. Ure by reputation, but what a reputation.

    I hope she hits the ground running. One thing we know, she won’t led the defenders of the status quo run her over. They may be begging to have Mr. Felkner back before long 🙂

    Based on this decision I can live with police quotas…okay, maybe not, but great job Town Council.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 13, 2009 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  4. When I was on the SC Georgia used to call me and say things like, ‘something was said at the meeting that isn’t true – back in 19xx the town did this, or the school did that…, Georgia remembers everything, including all the data in the massive 5-binder report (with each binder as big as phone books).

    my point is that Goergia has an understanding and institutional knowledge unmatched by anyone I know. I think she will do a better job than I did and I couldn’t be happier.

    And I say this with knowing that Goergia and I don’t agree on vouchers. She is of the old-school mindest that public school can be (and should be) like it was 30+ years ago and fears that vouchers would leave behind bad schools with students with uninvolved parents. And to be honest if schools were they way they used to be then we wouldn’t be fighting for vouchers. Kudos goes to Sylvia Thompson for making this happen.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — April 13, 2009 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  5. I think school choice’s time has come if only because other countries are doing it, and the students there are leaving our children in their academic dust.

    Government schools won’t go away even with choice, so it is great to have Mrs. Ure on board trying to push our local government school foward.

    As Mr. James Hirst has documented here time and time again, the budget tricks and other nonsense has been happening for years. They still may get away with it because the status quo still is in the majority, but with Mrs. Ure’s historical knowledge hopefully they will no longer be flying under the radar.

    Should Mrs. Ure only fight for our families half as much as you did Mr. Felkner and I’ll be thrilled with her performance.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 13, 2009 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  6. I had Georgia in 5th grade as a substitute teacher. She was stern but fair and expected and demanded your best even as a ten year old. She was well thought of then and has been successful in everything she tries. The Fish family (Georgia maiden name has been in Hopkinton many years) and has always been a well respected family. So their you go Curious Resident you are on the money. I commend her and Ms. Carney for all their work on the Exit Committee together and would think they will work together well on the committee. Maybe Ms Carney, Mr. Vecchio and Mr. Abbott will feel like a life preserver has been thrown to them. I wish them all well.

    Comment by james hirst — April 14, 2009 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  7. Hi!
    I talked with Georgia today by phone and congratulated her. I got to the town hall area last night, after the thing was over. Georgia will be an interesting dynamic on the school committee, and it will be interesting how her and other interaction with her from fellow school committee members and the Supt. take place.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — April 14, 2009 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

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