Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

December 19, 2013

Program explores charter school debate

Program explores charter school debate

Editor, Townsman:

The League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover has produced a cable television program, “A Dialogue with Andover Public Schools and STEAM Studio Charter School,” that explores the STEAM vision and proposed curriculum for both Andover High School and STEAM Studio, as well as the financial impact of the proposed grade 9 through 12 charter school in Andover. Members of the Andover School Committee and STEAM Studio participated in this dialogue moderated by league member Bonnie Zahorik.

Our objective with this program is community education, and we encourage residents who are interested in the topic to view the one-hour program. It is available online at www.lwv-andovers.org and will also be playing on Andover‘s Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 47 at various times throughout the day starting on Friday, Dec. 20.

While the process of approving a charter school does not include a vote by the residents or Town Meeting, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is taking public input regarding STEAM Studio’s charter school application through Jan. 3. You can send input, either in support of or against the STEAM Studio charter, via email to charterschools@doe.mass.edu.

As part of its work to increase citizen understanding of major public policy issues, the league encourages dialogue and active involvement of our citizenry. We encourage community members who are interested in citizen education events to join the league. For information, email league@lwv-andovers.org .

Stefani Traina

Maureen Sundberg

League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover

Steering Committee

Thanks for helpwith Kennedy remembrance

Editor, Townsman:

Heartfelt thanks to the Andover Townsman and The Eagle-Tribune for their interest in last month’s JFK remembrance program at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

The pre-event articles by Judy Wakefield and Mark Vogler on Nov. 21 were very much appreciated, as well as the accompanying photographs by Tim Jean. Thanks also to the public officials who represent Haverhill at all levels of government, who took time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts and memories of JFK at the opening ceremony. This includes Mayor James Fiorentini, state Reps. Diana DiZoglio, Lenny Mirra and Linda Dean Campbell; state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff and Kate Machet, staff member for U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who graciously read the senator’s own words.

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