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The League of Women Voters of Sudbury is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Education Funding in Massachusetts - Forum Nov 17

How Massachusetts funds education and the impact on student outcomes is a hot topic as the state legislature takes up major reforms.

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury and the Faith in Action Committee of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist are co-sponsoring a public forum "State Education Funding: Does It Make the Grade?" Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at First Parish. The forum is free and open to the public.

Speakers will discuss the history of education reform and how the current funding system works, the education budget reforms pending in the legislature, and the need to close the achievement gap for students in our education system. There will be a question period after the presentations.

Mary Frantz, education finance specialist for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, will review the history of education reform and the development of the current foundation budget funding system.

Anastasia Martinez, policy analyst with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, an independent research and analysis organization, will outline the changes in education funding proposed in the pending legislation, the Student Opportunity Act, and the impact those changes will have on school districts.

Norma Shapiro, vice president of the board of Citizens for Public Schools, an education advocacy organization, will address the impact of funding discrepancies among school districts and the need to provide funding that will close the gap between performance outcomes in wealthy versus poorer school districts.

Questions on education funding can be submitted in advance via email to lwvforumquestions@gmail.com.

The forum will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

Meet Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian - Nov. 12th

Sheriff Koutoujian will speak about efforts to address the needs of justice-involved individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. THe event is organized by the Newton League of Women Voters

Nov. 12th at 7pm

Angier Elementary School in Newton 1697 Beacon Street, Waban, MA 02468.

Ranked Choice Voting

How does ranked choice voting work?

The concept of ranked choice is new to most of us, and may be a ballot initiative soon. To learn about the concept and how a ranked choice election would work, watch our Ranked Choice Voting Forum on Sudbury Cable's Video on Demand. Thanks to Voter Choice Massachusetts for supplying an excellent speaker.

Time to Join the League of Women Voters!

2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the founding of the League of Women Voters. We invite you to join us to continue our work for another century. Click here for details on how to join.

You can help in locally in Sudbury at Candidates' Nights, voter registration drives, issues forums, and the civics bee. We plan action as well on domestic violence, gun control, the environments, and other issues.

The Sudbury LWV also contributed to lobbying for legislation at the state level including automatic voter registration, a strong criminal justice reform package, the pregnant workers' fairness act; the ACCESS bill to provide contraceptive coverage without co-pays or deductibles and the repeal of archaic laws targeting abortion and contraception.

Thank you to our supporters