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League Newsletter November 2014

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 29  Issue 4
  November 2014

   In This Issue

    Voter Service Update

    LWV-NJ Activities

    Upcoming Change
        in Leadership Committee

    Charter Schools Update Study:
        Review and Consensus
    December Monthly Meeting

  2014-15 Calendar

  Monthly Meetings  

    December 9, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    January 13, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    February 10, Noon
        Mary Jacobs Library

    March 10, Noon
        Mary Jacobs Library

    April 14, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    June 8

        Annual Meeting and Dinner


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
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Voter Service Update
Chrystal Schivell thanked members who helped with Voter Service and reported that 67 registration forms and 29 Vote-by-Mail applications had been distributed during the League's voter registration drives. Five Voters' Guides, covering 16 candidates, were published in The Princeton Packet and posted on the League's website, where they received 2,757 views. Although forums for the Princeton Board of Education and the 12th Congressional District were planned, the candidates declined. Only a forum among candidates for the Montgomery Township Board of Education materialized. Click to read the Voter Service Report for Fall 2014.


LWV-NJ Activities
Lee Forbes is responsible for selling 30 raffle tickets and for distributing another 30 for League members to sell to raise money for the LWV-NJ Education Fund. Members bought tickets at $10 each, but Lee has many more. Please contact her either to buy a ticket or to help with selling. 

1st Prize: Apple iPad Air 16GB
2nd Prize: $200 MasterCard Gift Card
3rd Prize: $100 MasterCard Gift Card
The drawing will be held at the state League office December 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM.
Thank you to all the members who have taken tickets already. Please contact Lee at if you can take some to sell or to buy any for yourself. 

Save the Date: The LWV-NJ Convention will be held at Mercer County Community College on Saturday, May 2, 2015. A party will take place at the Hamilton Garden Inn the night before.

Upcoming Change in Leadership Committee
Sandy Smith will be stepping down from her role as Spokesperson/Convener when the current term of office for the Leadership Committee expires in June 2015. This role involves issuing agenda, presiding at meetings, and speaking for the League in the community. To maintain our current structure, we need a member willing to take on this role. This will be a topic of a future meeting early in 2015.
We thank Sandy for her meticulous attention to the important position of Spokesperson/Convener. We are grateful that she will continue as a part of the Leadership Committee in her role as Voter Service Co-chair for West Windsor-Plainsboro.

Charter School Update Study: Review and Consensus
Twelve members, including Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, participated in the discussion led by Lee Forbes, Melissa Scott, and Chrystal Schivell. 

It soon became clear that information, such as the role of hedge funds in promoting charter schools and recent findings about the accountability of multiple versus single authorizers, was missing from the study. Although we reached consensus on many questions, we felt that additional information is needed before taking positions on others. Click here to read the entire consensus.

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Cuban Connection
On a recent educational trip to Cuba, Nancy Hall reported that one of the group's Cuban translators had high praise for the League and that she had seen the film Iron Jawed Angels, about suffragettes Alice Paul, Frances O'Connor, Carrie Chapman Catt, and others. We are thrilled that the League enjoys worldwide, positive recognition. If you've not yet seen the film, do try to borrow it from your public library or Netflix.

December Meeting
Our December business meeting will be brief so that we can enjoy a social, end-of-year celebration afterward. Please note the date of December 9 at 7 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Building. More details will follow.

Summaries of LWV-Princeton Area monthly meetings may be found at

Reminders about upcoming events will continue to be sent by email, but everyone should go to the League website and click on rss-button Subscribe to be sure of missing nothing.