Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 22, 2009

RIDE Mandates

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 11:09 pm

At the House Labor Committee last night, the idea of eliminating mandates was brought up. They are looking for those involved (superintendents, school comm members, town councilors) to tell them which mandates to eliminate and why.

Click here to see the RIDE Mandates



  1. BF – are you going to go and what are you going to say?

    Comment by whatru — October 23, 2009 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  2. We don’t normally testify (due to our 501 c 3 status) but were asked by Rep Gablinske to speak on some research we did – 1. the constitution doesn’t allow contracts to exceed the life of the elected official’s tenure who made the deal, 2. CT teacher salaries were influenced by binding arbitration

    Comment by Editor — October 23, 2009 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  3. Hi!
    Today saw an NEA ad on TV for binding arbitration on contracts for teachers. I suggest contact legislators who represent Chariho region to OPPOSE this. Both sides should feel confident they get an equal hearing on the process.
    Chariho area legislator representing oart of Chariho residents:
    State Senators: Francis T. Maher, Jr. (R)
    Dennis Algiere(R., Minority Leader)

    State Representatives
    Brian Patrick Kennedy (D)
    Donna Walsh(D), retired Chariho teacher
    Rodney Driver (D)

    A search on the Internet for Rhode Island State Senate or Rhode Island State Representatives will give you contact information for them.

    Arbitration’s problem is that virtually always it sides with teachers. What I would like the see the the problem discussed is as teacher salary and benefits have grown at the expense of budget items directly to the students.

    In closing, how many professions have seniority advantage built in like teachers?Seniority if you have been following it, clearly will land the new R.I. Educational Commissioner in court with the teacher’s union. Check out The Providence Journal ,.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 27, 2009 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  4. Bill,
    Do you know of any published research on the issue of how Rhode Island stacks up with other states in the power of teacher unions on legislation and education policy, especially as members of their state legislatures? I suspect R.I., would highly rank on this. What is the present count of legislators with union ties to teacher’s unions and members of their immediate families? In addition to this question, how many non teacher affilated unions, but still union ties to other legislators?

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 28, 2009 @ 11:18 am | Reply

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