If you’re interested in the topic of charter schools and are open-minded on this subject, LWVMA is looking for members to join the committee. The goal is to develop a policy for LWVMA to use in advocating on the subject. Members are researching and preparing material for local Leagues to use next fall for consensus meetings around the state. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Let’s get started on the next LWVN civics bee! Last year, LWVN held a civics bee at the Brown Middle School…and we’d like to make this an annual event. Bring your ideas and knowledge to work with other LWVN members in encouraging and recognizing students who learn about our local, state and national governments. We have our model from last year, plus info from other Massachusetts Leagues, as a place to start. Contact email@example.com to volunteer or ask for more information.
March 4, 2015
To the Editor:
Joshua Norman wrote in a recent opinion piece about Newton’s high cost of educating out-of-district students that it is “wrong to keep forcing Newton taxpayers to pay to educate these children”. We disagree. The cost to Newton taxpayers for continuing to educate out-of-district students must be viewed in the context of the benefits to Newton’s children and to our entire community.
The vast majority of Newton’s out-of-district students participate in METCO, arguably our school system’s best tool for counteracting pervasive prejudices and misunderstandings about race that continue to plague our society 150 years after the abolition of slavery. Our participation in the METCO program shows Newton children from a young age that it is important to our community to learn, work and play with people of all races.
METCO has, for decades, been providing opportunities for children in suburban Newton, which is not racially diverse, to learn alongside–and create lifelong bonds with– inner city children, especially African American children.
METCO enjoys broad support from Newton’s citizens because of our community’s strong commitment to equality and diversity, especially the goal of racial diversity in our schools. In addition, parents and educators understand that diversity in the classroom promotes critical thinking and enhances problem solving skills.
The League of Women Voters of Newton, along with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and local Leagues in other communities in the Boston area, have supported METCO from its inception and support it today. Newton’s continued funding of this proven program is money well spent.
For the Steering Committee
Please join us
Wed, Dec 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton
Brown-bag lunches welcome
Technology and computers play a greater and greater role in Newton’s classrooms, just as they do in professional and everyday life. Newton’s schools have faced challenges providing and paying for these tools, and the parent community has historically been called upon to raise funds to make up the difference.
Does this policy create inherent disparity in the quality of technology and teaching across Newton’s schools? What plans does the School Department have to address purchases of hardware, of software, and for ensuring that faculty members are appropriately trained? What do other municipalities do to ensure that these needs are met? Read more →
The Education Committee welcomes additional members to help advance our 2014-15 agenda. Members are welcome to attend monthly meetings, help with events on the day of, or keep all the planning on track for us – all types of help welcome. Read more →