Update November 2016

This Election year was quite an amazing one that I think we will remember for quite awhile. For the LWV it has been a good year to show our strengths and leadership.

In the next few months we will be working on the Massachusetts League’s study on Charter Schools. The state League has many education stands we can lobby on, but charter schools is not one of them. Here is the link to the materials on the LWVMA web site: lwvma.org/member-resources/charter-school-study/.  When you see the link for the Consensus Questions – it looks long at 11 pages- but there is one question per page with an explanation regarding what “Yes “means and what “No” means.

Another issue we may want to work on is a Warrant article for Town Meeting to ban the use of plastic bags that cannot be recycled. Shrewsbury passed this article in May 2016. I have a copy of their article and some of their other materials. Other towns have passed this law, so businesses have started to change the type of bags used for purchases in communities in Massachusetts.

In March we plan to have our Annual Pot luck and in April we will plan our Candidates Night for those running for local offices.

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2 comments on “Update November 2016
  1. Barry says:

    When Charters were originally proposed, there were two agreements:
    (1) Charter schools would be freed from administrative burdens and local school board oversight, and
    (2) Charters would research different instructional techniques and methods. The research would go beyond anecdotes and feel-good stories. The research would use test scores as one data point. The research would be peer-reviewed and published. The rest of the public schools would then be able to pick the researched and proven methods to adopt (or stop).

    So, the question: after 20 years, WHERE IS THE RESEARCH?

    Without this research, we are wasting our time and money on charters.

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