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News from the Units
Selection and Election of the Board of Education
Voters Service Committee
An Invitation to a forum on the DC Council
Brochure: Our New School Board
I hope you all saw the column in the September 7 issue of the District Weekly where the League's DNet site was mentioned. It was a nice promotion for our newest effort in trying to reach voters. The columnist also mentioned the League's financial limitations but we have good news on that front. Washington Gas has just pledged $3,000 to our Voters Service efforts thanks to Steven Jumper, Director, Public Affairs, for Washington Gas. Also, they will be doing an extensive voter education and registration effort that will include an article about DNet in their employee newsletter.
But we still rely on our members for most of our support. Our fall finance campaign is getting underway and we hope you all will be as generous as usual. We are planning to distribute 70,000 Voters Guides on the Board of Education Election (see enclosure) to all the schools. This outreach effort ties in with our October Units and our Teacher Workshop held September 26. We also will be conducting a Mock Election on November 2 where students in all 146 public schools will vote for the Presidential candidates and on selected issues. We will tally the votes at Logan Training Center, 215 G Street, NE. Call the office if you can volunteer to help decorate campaign headquarters as well as tally votes.
On the National front, we are pleased to announce that Janet Burmester has been appointed to the US League's Task Force on Trade. The DC League's first seminar session on "Globaphobia", led by Janet, was a rousing success. Elizabeth M. Martin, President
The DC League submitted four questions in August to the Presidential candidates to be answered on DNet
To date, no presidential candidate has responded to our questions. We are led to believe the candidates will respond if enough voters contact their headquarters requesting responses.
The following is a list of contact names and numbers for each presidential candidate. Please take a moment to contact the candidates and ask them to respond to the questions concerning the District of Columbia on the LWV's Democracy Network, DNet. Encourage your non-League friends to do likewise.
MEET THE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES AT THE OCTOBER UNIT MEETINGS
Candidates for the School Board election on November 7 have been invited to meet League members. informally at our October Unit Meetings. Some Units are joining forces with other neighborhood Units whose candidates would cover the same new School District. Plan to attend whichever Unit Meeting offers the best opportunity to meet candidates of interest to you.
Call the Unit Chair for the latest information on acceptances. If you decide to attend a Unit other than your regular Unit, it is prudent to call the hostess to find out about parking, stairs, etc.
OCTOBER UNIT MEETING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 17
9:45 a.m., Southwest, Hostess: Leona Rumsey, 550 N St., SW, #S202, Co-Chair: Leona
Wednesday, October 18
9:45 a.m., Upper 16th Street Co-Chairs: Paula McKann, 829-0656; Constance Tate 882-0387
Thursday, October 19
12:45 p.m., Northeast Day, October Unit Chair: Roberta Johnson 526-4469
7:30 p.m., Northwest Evening, Chair: Joan Domike 966-3865
Other Unit News: Preliminary Results of Survey: Many thanks to the, fifty-two LWVDC members who returned the survey on the Neighborhood Units, especially to those who included their thoughtful and candid comments. Although this 13% response is gratifying, it is never too late to return the survey if you have failed to do so. Call the office for a copy if you have misplaced yours.
What Your Responses Tell Us: Of the fifty two respondees, 37 or over 70% were over 65 years of age, reflecting our aging membership (or perhaps just that this group has more time to respond to a survey). Thirty three or over 60 percent listed ties to specific Neighborhood Units, while seven reported attending different Units. Twelve or nearly one-quarter of the respondees never attend Unit Meetings for reasons ranging from age and infirmity to doubts regarding the usefulness of the Unit Meetings. Further analysis of your responses will be reported in a subsequent DC Voter. Sheila Keeny, Unit Director 966-1692
SELECTION AND ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
On November 7 D.C. voters have an opportunity to elect the majority of a newly structured D.C. Board of Education. It is an opportunity to help ensure that this new Board serves its role in the education of District public school children.
For this reason, a group of organizations and individuals came together to develop the enclosed pamphlet, which is designed to offer some thoughts for the general public and elected officials about the kinds of issues that might be considered as voters evaluate candidates for office. We hope the pamphlet will help foster a healthy public discussion about selecting effective school board members on November 7.
The IR Committee met briefly following the first "Globaphobia" seminar to discuss plans for the year, including Unit Meetings on Trade scheduled for February.
October is UN month; Keeny distributed copies of President Jefferson-Jenkins' "Call to Action" on US arrears for UN peacekeeping.
She also announced the annual United Nations Global Community Day, sponsored by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Georgetown University Law Center. Panelists will discuss UN Peacekeeping and U.S. Politics - today's hot button topic. Call UNA/NCA for information and to register (785-2640). There is no charge to attend. The LWVDC will again cosponsor the event.
The Committee will meet briefly after each "Globaphobia" seminar, which Committee members are urged to attend. The next seminar is on Wed. Oct. 11th, 12 noon, at 1730 M Street, NW. Susan Rao (636-1688) & Sheila Keeny (966-1692) Co Chairs.
We extend a warm welcome to new members: Mariam Gillis and Lillian Howard.
Many thanks to the members who sent in additional contributions to support the League: Barbara Bramble, Suzanne Campagne, Margaret R. Fox, Cora Grannis, Carol Ragsdale, Clara G. Schiffer, Josephina Wade.
It is with sadness we report the death of Will Myers, husband of League member Martha Myers. Our sincere condolences are extended to the Myers family.
In preparation for the March 20001 General Meeting, the Education Committee continues the study of the Charter School movement. Accountability will be the major focus as we study Standards, finance, facilities and management.
In addition, the Committee plans to have available for December's Unit Choice, "The Battle Over School Choices", a documentary on issues surrounding school choice. The Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc ., will supply free copies of the VHS tape and accompanying educational materials. Gladys Weaver, Co-Chair.
The DC League is helping students at Wilson High School and Trinity College with youth voter participation projects. Voter Service Co-chair, Elinor Hart met with the Wilson student council leaders who organized a Board of Education Candidate Forum held on September 27. She reviewed a forum checklist and gave them a briefing on the voter registration process.
She and Luci Murphy also met with students from the newly revived League Unit at Trinity College about their voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. The Trinity League members, who are registering their fellow students, had a voter registration table at the September 23 Brookland Festival. Elinor Hart, Co-chair.
Calendar, October 2000
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UDC, David A. Clarke School of Law
TO EXCHANGE IDEAS ON RECOMMENDATIONS
Linda W. Cropp
Joshua S. Wyner
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2000
Note: The location is at the Metrorail Red Line, UDC/Van Ness
For Information call LWVDC 202 347-3020
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFORM OF OPERATIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Discussions will focus on how to improve the effectiveness of the D.C. Council as an institution. The D.C. Council is in the unique situation of being both a local and state-level legislature, making the issue of effectiveness especially important. The discussions are in furtherance of the position of the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia supporting active oversight of the executive branch by the legislature.
We will address two sources of recommendations concerning reform of the D.C. Council:
These independent reports have much in common, and they are not in conflict with each other. Thus their import is reinforcing. Recommendations of the respective reports, which we will explore, fall within major areas. Examples follow; learn more at the meeting.
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