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.
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 email@example.com.
The forum will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.
Nov. 12th at 7pm
Angier Elementary School in Newton 1697 Beacon Street, Waban, MA 02468.
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.
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.