League Of Women Voters To Present Charter Schools Discussion

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CRANFORD — Charter schools will be the focus of a program to be presented by the League of Women Voters of the Union Area at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Sandy Matsen, a former president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and co-chair of the state League’s Education Committee, will be the speaker. Her topic will be “Charter Schools: A League Perspective.”

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The meeting, which is free and open to be public, will be the first of three Union Area League programs being held as part of a national league study on education. It will be followed by membership meetings in October and November, when a special committee formed for the study will present additional information on various aspects of education. At the end of the November meeting, members will try to reach consensus on a series of questions concerning education from national league headquarters.

Similar programs are being held this fall by local leagues throughout the country. Based on conclusions reached at these meetings, the national league will then take an official position on education and will lobby elected officials in support of it. This is the same grassroots decision-making process followed by the league in forming positions on a wide range of issues, ranging from finance to social policy to the environment.

The Union Area League is comprised of members from Union, Cranford, Linden, Springfield, Westfield and other communities. Membership is open to all citizens, men as well as women, 18 years of age and over. Anyone interested can call 1-908-925-9784 or visit www.lwvnj.org.


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