League of Women Voters to Study Fed's Role in Education | Events
The League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties (LWVKC/J/C/P) will participate in a national study on the federal government’s role in the educational system. Delegates at the League’s 2010 national convention selected the topic for a comprehensive two-year study. Open to the public, the first Kansas City meeting will be held at Community Christian Church Community Center, 46th and Main St., Kansas City, Mo., from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 with coffee at 9:30 a.m. A group of interested members will meet periodically, conduct a literature and best practices review and make a presentation to the Kansas City group when the study concludes in 2013.
To provide background information and a “state of education” for metro League members, the group will hear from two education experts:
Connie Campbell, president of C.W. Interventions, Inc., an affiliated partnership of experts in the field of education, learning theory, psychology, psychiatry, economics and finance. She also was director of the Learning Exchange. Steve McClure, UMKC professor and assistant director for Charter Schools at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Charter School Center.
“Studying issues and coming to consensus is at the heart of the League of Women Voters’ work,” said Peg Prendergast, “it is part of our consensus-building process and it is part of our commitment to helping educate voters on important issues.
“We have a group of volunteer members who are interested in U.S. education and who will work over the next two years to answer specific questions as part of the process to develop a position for the League of Women Voters. This is a national study and Leagues all over the U.S. will be studying education,” she said. “Once the League reaches consensus, then members can lobby on issues.”
The League of Women Voters began in 1920 when women got the right to vote after years of lobbying, and other activities including street protests, beginning in the 1860s. The League of Women Voters is open to men and women. For more information, visit www.lwvkc.org