The materials for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts charter school study follow. They include information on how charter schools work and how they are funded, as well as the consensus questions to be considered by each local League.
These materials have been prepared to assist League members in learning about charter schools so they will be able to discuss the questions and come to a consensus on those questions. The League of Women Voters develops positions on issues by conducting a study such as this and by having its members convey their opinions on the issues by holding consensus meetings. Until this process is completed, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has no position on charter schools.
Please note that this study and these materials are not related to the November 8 ballot question on charter schools in any way. The League has taken no stand on that ballot question precisely because we do not have a position on charter schools. These materials are for information only, and do not represent LWVMA’s opinion or stand on any of the issues included.
We urge all of our members to read these materials, and to work with their local Leagues to hold consensus meetings to discuss the issues.
The Consensus Questions Response form is due back to LWVMA by February 1, 2017.
|October 1, 2016||Consensus study materials available|
|February 1, 2017||Consensus Questions Response form due|
|Convention 2017||Vote on charter school position|
Consensus Study Materials
Charter School Study Tools
Local League Consensus Meeting Calendar
|League||Date and Time||Location||Contact|
|Newton||Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.||A private home in Newton||Pia Bertelli|
|Cape Cod Area||Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.||Harwich Community Center, Oak Street, Harwich||Scotti Finnegan|
|Acton Area||Information Meeting Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m.||Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton,||Sahana Purohit and Ann Chang|
|Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.||Westwood Library||Marcia Hirshberg|
|Brookline||Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.||1501 Beacon Street, Brookline. 1st floor function room||Betsy Munzer and Sandy Ostroy|
|Winchester||Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 22)||Sanborn House, 15 High St., Winchester||Patty Shepard
More information can be found on the LWV Winchester website.
|Arlington||Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.||Sanborn House 15 High St, Winchester.||Carolyn Parsons|
|Amherst||Wednesday, January 11 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.||Applewood Retirement Community||Kathy Campbell|
|Amherst||Thursday, January 12 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.||Bangs Center||Kathy Campbell|
|Acton Area||Consensus Meeting Thursday, Jan 12 at 7:00 p.m.||Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton||Sahana Purohit and Ann Chang|
|Greater Haverhill||Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.||Roma Restaurant, Haverhill||Jean Sanders and Lois Hartman|
Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 11 am until 1 pm
|Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St, Hamilton||Carol Bullivant|
|Hamilton-Wenham||Evening Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7 pm until 9 pm||A private home in Wenham||Carol Bullivant|
|Boston||Thursday, January 19 from 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m.
(snow date Jan. 31)
|Curtis Hall Municipal Building, South Street, Jamaica Plain||Kerry Costello|
|Plymouth Area||Thursday, January 19th 7:00 p.m.
(Snow date Thursday, Jan. 26. Same time and place)
|A private home in Plymouth||Alice Lague|
|Westford||Sunday, January 22 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.||Card Room, Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford||Laura Dickey|
|Marblehead||Monday, Jan 30, from 9:30 am until 11:30 am||A private home in Marblehead||Kathy Leonardson|
|Needham||Monday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m.||North Hill, Needham||Carol Patey|