Thursday, November 12, 2015

Consensus Materials: Constitutional Amendment



THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT STUDY
"will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution".  

Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)
At its post-Council 2015 meeting, the League Board approved the Constitutional Amendment study questions so that Leagues can begin to meet and discuss this all important issue. LWVUS will be asking for the results of your consensus meetings by December 1, 2015. The consensus questions are accompanied by short PRO and CON statements that will help League members consider their responses. 



Constitutional Amendment Study Reading Guide

Major Time Points for Constitutional Amendment Study: 
Summer 2015 Consensus questions, study guide and educational materials posted on LWV website. 

Late Summer 2015-December 1, 2015 Leagues hold consensus meetings. 

December 1, 2015 Consensus reports (electronic) from Leagues due to LWVUS. 

Late January 2016 LWVUS Board Meeting Consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, approved.

Reading Guide: "Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways of proposing amendments to the nation’s fundamental charter. Congress, by a two-thirds vote of both chambers, may propose constitutional amendments to the states for ratification. OR, the legislatures of two-thirds of the states (34 at present) may ask Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution; this is commonly called an Article V Convention. Amendments proposed by either method must be ratified by three-fourths of the states, 38 at present.

The first method has been used by Congress to submit 33 amendments to the states, beginning with the Bill of Rights. Of these, 27 were approved; 26 are currently in effect, while one – the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) — was ultimately repealed. The second method, an Article V Convention, has never been successfully invoked."---From Committee's Reading Guide, above. Articles are listed in the guide for both alternatives.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

CANDIDATES' Q&A for LWV BOE FORUM 10/19



Monday, October 19th , 2015. LWV Candidates Forum for Teaneck Board of Education -THS 3rd floor Student Center  
Q&A in downloadable form at the bottom of the  questions below.


League of Women Voters of Teaneck
Voters' Guide
Board of Education 2015
QUESTIONS 

Our voters' guide questionnaire and letter of invitation to the Candidates' Night, co-sponsored by LWV Teaneck and Teaneck Council of Parents & Teachers, was sent by certified mail to each of the candidates for Teaneck Board of Education on September 22nd.  In addition to asking them about their Teaneck residency, occupation, education, family & community involvement, we asked each candidate to answer the following questions and to limit answers to a total of 500 words or less:

1.  Over the past four years, are there any Board of Education decisions that you took issue with, or feel that the issue could have been dealt with in a different manner? 
IF "YES", PROVIDE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HANDLING THE ISSUES. 

2.  What is your position regarding state-mandated testing in our schools?  
Do you support using results for  (a) teacher employment evaluation, (b) school funding, (c) student placements,  (d) school closings? Would you support a policy to allow parents to have their children opt out of state standardized tests?  BE SPECIFIC.

 3.  How do you suggest we best help our students keep up with the changing technology that will so impact their future jobs and careers?  What steps has the school system already accomplished and what challenges still exist in providing more instruction-supportive tools?   IDENTIFY CONCRETE STEPS TO OVERCOME THOSE OBSTACLES. 

VOTERS: Download and print the questions to be asked of each candidate and their answers at The Board of Education Forum.



More: CANDIDATE'S FORUM SCHEDULED FOR October 19th

The League of Women Voters of Teaneck has scheduled a Candidates’ Forum for the upcoming Board of Education election, to take place on Monday, October 19th starting at 7:30PM in the 3rd Floor Student Center of Teaneck High School.  All five candidates have been invited to participate in this forum, which will be run by an independent professionally-trained moderator.  The candidates have also been invited to submit answers to written questions on school-based issues in advance, and copies of those answers will be made available at the forum, as well as the library and other public venues in Teaneck.  The public will be encouraged to submit questions to the moderator in written form as well.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, with voting hours from 6:00AM - 8:00PM.



Handicapped access is available via the elevator by the courtyard parking lot off Elizabeth Street.  For more information, call Barbara Ostroth at 201-692-1494.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LWVT sponsors: Margarita With A Straw,shown at TIFF Saturday, November 7th 3:05 PM

Margarita With A Straw, will be shown at TIFF on Saturday, November 7th at 3:05 PM at the Teaneck Cinemas.  

We are also co-sponsoring this film with Limitless Arts, a program affiliated with Bergen APC.  Limitless Arts is an arts (dance, music and theater) program for children with special needs.  Limitless Arts is a part of the performing arts school at BergenPAC in Englewood.
  
MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW directed by Shonali Bose
The story of a romantic mind trapped in a disobedient body
Synopsis Laila Kapoor is a spunky, talented 19-year-old girl from a close knit middle-class Delhi family. She was born with cerebral palsy. Her speech is garbled and she sits in a wheelchair. Laila is very close to her mother, Shubhangini Damle. As a result of her efforts Laila goes to college in the prestigious Delhi University. And when Laila’s heart is broken, it is her mother who enables her to continue her education at New York University. Here Laila meets the feisty Khanum - a visually impaired woman. And the chilled out Jared. Always curious about sexuality, Laila undergoes a journey that is beyond her wildest dreams. She calls it "wonderful but scary". She confronts her mother with her new truths about herself causing a huge conflict that rips them apart. Suddenly her world falls apart when her mother collapses in pain. 


IMDB 

Friday, September 4, 2015

LWVTeaneck Voter Information





League of Women Voters
To register to vote, turn to this central site. All the information you need, including downloadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.


 LWVT: Voter's Guide for Town Council Elections (2014)



LWVNJ News

LWVUS Press Releases

LWVUS League Management: Voter Services

LWVUS Public Policy Positions:  Impact on Issues - Online Edition
Use this publication to find the position resulting from a study, as well as material on legislation accompanying it.


VOTER INFORMATION NJ
Frequently Asked Questions about Registration and Voting covers:

Know your State’s Voting Deadline. Voter information is provided in English and Spanish.
Need to register to vote? Use our voter registration tool --- VOTE411


New Jersey Board of Elections
Use this link to get Voter Registration Forms,Vote by Mail Applications, 
and Important election dates

Links for Women's History Month 2016





Images of Women's  Equality Day:(L-R:) Bella Abzug, Gender Pay Disparity, Silicon Valley celebration (National Women's Equality Day), Pictures of Woman's Equality Day, Rosie the Riveter, Suffragist March for Votes, Poster celebrating women's equality, women's diversity.

On August 26, we celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. It was granted in August, 1920, to honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women.


The League of Women Voters-New Jersey history was prepared by Dr. Fernanda Perrone of the Special Collections Department, Rutgers University Libraries. She described the history decade by decade. The abridged history is available on the LWVNJ web site.

The first set of LWVNJ Minutes, April, 1920, is  visible on the web, courtesy of Rutgers University Libraries, which houses all the papers from 1920 through 1991.

The records for each chapter are archived. (The files  of League of Women Voters, Teaneck 1952-1985, is contained in Box  40, files 1-3, should anyone be curious.) 


Women's History &  LWV 

 Women's History:L
ibrary of Congress American Memory: 

"Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures

Women of Protest: 

Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

Exhibits Featuring Women

Suffragists Oral History Project


About Alice Paul: Web site.




Worth Reading:
Histories of the struggle, the attainment and the Suffragist movement

  Suffragists to Remember
From University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities 



From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and Carrie Chapman Catt. All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters


Newsletter Archive & Press Releases




League Lines, begun more than 30 years ago, has moved to digital communication. The blog:LWVTeaneck and email are used for currency. The post "About LWVT" has a history, with examples of League Lines, as well as documents produced by LWVT.
                                          
League Lines Newsletters July 2014-July 2015
                                                          


League of Women Voters of Teaneck Nonpartisan Policy


The purpose of this policy is to assure the credibility and integrity of the League of Women Voters of Teaneck as a nonpartisan organization which does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The ability of the LWV Teaneck to be an effective voice for the public interest will be achieved only if its policies and positions are seen as independent of partisan influence.  Thus, those persons making such policies must also be perceived as being free of all partisan influence.  Only to the extent that the public and its elected officialare convinced of the League’s genuine nonpartisanship will the League be able to render effective voter service and gain a wide base of support for its positions on governmental issues.

Board members must recognize that, as a result of close identification with the League, they have a special responsibility to see that their activities do not create a partisan impression.

1.   Elected Office: No member of the Board of Directors shall run for or hold elective office at the national, state, county or municipal level except for school board or nonpartisan commission. If a board member declares for an affected elected office, thmember shall resign from the board.  Public notices released by LWV Teaneck announcing the resignation of a board member to run for political office shall be carefully worded to avoid any appearance of endorsing the member's candidacy.

2.   Political Party Office: No LWV Teaneck board member shall run for, hold or be appointed to a political party office at the national, state, county, or municipal level.

3.   Endorsements and Campaigns:   The president, voter service vice president (or director) and advocacy vice president (or director) may not publicly endorse or work for any national, state, county, or municipal political campaign or candidate.  Any board member involved in a candidate's campaign must inform the board. In such cases, the name of the League of Women Voters must not be used in identifying the board member nor may it be used in any manner implying support or opposition by the LWV Teaneck to a political party or candidate for any elected office.  The board has the authority to override the permissions provided herein given the specifics of a particular case.

4.   Campaign Contributions: All Board members may make personal campaign contributions within legal limits.


5.   Nominating Petitions: All board members may sign a nominating petition, except the president, voter service and advocacy vice presidents (or directors). The restriction does not apply to nominating petitions for nonpartisan school boards.

6.  Publicity in Social and Other Media: A Board member shall not indicate her/his political affiliations or candidate preferences at any level of government in the media, including on social networking  sites or other public venues that also prominently identify her/him as a member of the LWV Teaneck Board.

7.   League programs: LWV Teaneck shall not invite anyone who has declared as a candidate for any office to participate in any kind of program, whether as a speaker or member of a panel, unless it is a candidates forum. This ban would include members of his/her staff.

8.   Moderators and Timekeepers: A League member who runs for, or is elected to, any partisan office (including party committee) shall not be eligible to moderate any partisan forum. This prohibition shall run from the time such an office is first sought until the position is relinquished or the term ends. League members who are visibly active in a party in other ways besides public office should also not moderate partisan forums.

A member with such partisan activities or offices shall not moderate even nonpartisan forums, such as town council and board of education elections. The board can make exceptions to this restriction in special cases.

Timekeepers should follow the same guidelines, although the board or the moderator coordinator can authorize exceptions.

9.   Exclusion: These policies do not apply to the family of a board member.

10.  Additional Clarification: Situations not covered by this policy will be addressed as needed by the Board of Directors.

Adopted July 6, ­­­­2015

History

Based on LWVNJ Nonpartisan  Policy (8/20/2011)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

LWVNJ Education: Charter School Update Position (History Coming)




Charter Schools – 2000,  Update 2015

The original LWVNJ position statement (2000), supports the intent of the 1995 legislation that established charter schools as a means to encourage innovation within local public schools. However, that support came with qualifications; furthermore, the educational landscape has changed substantially over the past 15 years.


The study materials included: 1) accountability, including school governance, student achievement, and communication of innovative practices and curricula to the district public schools; 2) the role of district residents in charter approval; 3) what organizations should be allowed to authorize charter schools; 4) full-time virtual charter schools; and 5) oversight of educational management organizations in the operation of charter schools.


The LWVNJ Education Committee  formed the position from the consensus of 26 leagues, (816 members). The  study materials on the areas listed above were developed by the committee.


The full position is available at: http://lwvnj.org/images/issues/charterschools_update-2015.pdf