Hot Topic Luncheon The Case For and Against Testing
Please join us for lunch followed by a discussion of the emphasis on testing in our public schools and the impact of that emphasis on children, teachers and parents. You can anticipate a civil dialogue by supporters and opponents of the administration of the FCAT and other standardized tests and the use of test results to grade schools and evaluate the performance of teachers. Are we testing instead of educating or are school reforms that emphasize testing resulting in real school improvement and better student learning?
Presenters will be announced when confirmed, but you can expect a lively discussion and answers to some of your questions about the status of education in Florida's public schools.
January 28, 2015 (Fourth Wednesday)
11:30am - 1:00pm HOT TOPIC LUNCHEON (buffet followed by program)
Capital City Country Club 1601 Golf Terrace Drive
Pot roast or vegetable lasagna, salad bar, vegetables, rolls and butter, tea and coffee
Here’s a brief list of the League's most recent accomplishments:
1. Participated in a lawsuit that blocked the state of Florida's attempts to illegally purge registered voters 90 days before an election.
2. Reduced gerrymandering by leading the charge for the Fair Districts amendments, which finally set clear rules for drawing political districts, and were voted into the Florida Constitution by 63% of voters.
3. Eliminated roadblocks to voting by demanding that the Legislature reinstate early voting days and the Sunday before Election Day, following the incredible delays, including 8-hour long lines in Miami, that voters faced during Election Day 2012.
4. Struck down unconstitutional restrictions on voter registration via a precedent-setting victory in U.S. federal court.
5. Helped place Florida's Water and Land Legacy Amendment on the November 2014 general election ballot; our members collected over 25,000 signed petitions throughout the state of Florida.
6. Lead the push for SUNRAIL -- Central Florida's new commuter rail network.
7. Initiated curbside recycling in St. Petersburg, as well as permission for citizens to speak in Orange County Commission meetings.
8. Successfully persuaded Florida voters to defeat 9 out of 11 amendments on the 2012 ballot, many of which would have severely eroded the rights of citizens and/or de-funded local governments.
9. Worked with statewide environmental groups to successfully pressure the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to halt the sale of state-owned conservation lands.
Want to keep up to date on education issues around the country? The LWVUS Education Team recently launched a blog to promote the exchange of information on school reform. The site houses fact-based studies and posts with reference citations that contribute to a better understanding of different points of view about school choice issues. Florida's very own Sue M. Legg, Ph.D. heads up the blog.
Subscribe to the Education Issues blog athttp://lwveducation.com. We welcome participation from both members and nonmembers.
HOT TOPIC EVENTS
Join us at our monthly Hot Topic Event to hear a speaker discuss timely issues and enjoy a meal together.
4th Wednesday of every month (except June/July)
Dates, times, location and speakers are announced right here!
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