Amherst League of Women Voters

A Voice for Citizens, a Force for Change

LWVA Interest Groups

At a member meeting on May 9, the League of Women Voters began to plan for how it might assist Amherst voters in deciding whether or not to adopt the charter to be proposed by the current Amherst Charter Commission.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has published its new position on Charter Schools.

The Charter Commission is working towards a referendum date of March 27, 2018, the date of the 2018 Amherst Town Elections.

LWVA has completed its two consensus meetings for the LWVMA charter school study. Results at http://www.lwvamherst.org/content/lwvma-charter-school-study-consensus.

The League of Women Voters of Amherst sponsored two public lectures on the future of energy production and distribution in Massachusetts in November and December. Anne George of ISO New England spoke on November 29, and Professor James Manwell of the UMass Wind Energy Center on December 6. They have provided their slides.

The materials for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts charter school study have been posted on the LWVMA web site. They include information on how charter schools work and how they are funded, as well as the consensus questions to be considered by each local League.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is currently studying charter schools. A new position will be adopted in 2017, enabling the League to advocate on associated issues at the state and local levels.

A new position on Aging in the Amherst Area will be recommended for adoption by concurrence at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Amherst on May 26.

A summary report of the findings of the LWVA Study Committee investigating support systems available to elders in the Amherst Area has been released.

Questions for the second of the two national studies on this topic invite us to consider when and how political speech might be limited, if at all.

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