They couldn't do that to (for example) my contract. Or to
nullify our contract with Bell Atlantic. Some decisions
once made, cannot be unmade without invoking the local
On Sat, 3 Nov 2001, Alan Klein wrote:
> I agree that this is a far fetched possibility. But what would stop the
> Assembly (in that far fetched situation) from amending the bylaws to
> stipulate that laws passed by the SM were null and void?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott David Gray" <email@example.com>
> > Let me put it this way... Here is what it would take at
> > SVS, for the Assembly to change the By-laws to remove or
> > nullify the School Meeting if parents were present in the
> > Assembly in proportion to their numbers (generally SM
> > members are more prone to attend than parents -- especially
> > when the SM feels threatened):
> > If 100% of the parents voted to pull the plug
> > (incredibly hard to believe), and all of the
> > non-SM-or-parent Trustees and Public members concurred,
> > roughly 1/3 of the SM members present (that is, the people
> > being attacked by the motion) would have to assent to such a
> > change in the By-laws.
> > And yes, we all exist within larger systems that could
> > "pull the plug" on our freedoms. There were points in the
> > 20th Century (particularly during WWI) when it happened in
> > the US.
> > However, and here is the point; if the School Meeting
> > makes a decision, the Assembly can NOT stop that decision
> > from going through. That might _convince_ some parents to
> > remove their children from the school (goodness knows that
> > this happens), or even (in the nightmare scenario you
> > describe, requiring some SM support) amend the SM out of
> > existance.
> > But the Assembly _cannot_ undo or veto a decision made
> > by the School Meeting. Whereas student governments under
> > kindly dictators find their decisions vetoed all the time
> > (such as A.S. Neil -- I was aghast when I was 14 and read
> > his account of how little he respected the Summerhill School
> > Meeting or its decisions; it made me angrier than anything I
> > ever read about military or reform schools).
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