Charter School Consensus Meeting
When: Saturday, January 4th at 1 p.m.
Where: Home of Maria Mogollon Seemer at 515 Rockledge Drive, Rockledge, FL
Reservations to Marilynn Collins at 321-773-8490 or e-mail to Marilynn.firstname.lastname@example.org by January 2nd.
League of Women Voters of the Space Coast participated in the state study of charter schools that was approved at the State League Convention in April. Questions were sent to each of the Leagues and they were asked to interview staff to find the answers and submit them to the State League. Children committee members met in May and again in October with school choice staff in Brevard County. You can read the original questions and answers at May Report.
Additional questions and answers can be read at October Report.
The January 2014 Voter has more charter school information on pages 3 and 7. The January newsletter can be found under the Newsletters Tab.
Women of Action Luncheon with Deirdre Macnab
Deirdre Macnab will be the keynote speaker when we honor:
- Mary Eason, Joan Borders and Polly Cordell for introducing Rolling Readers to Brevard County
- Maureen Rupe for her environmental activity as President of the Parnership for a Sustainable Future and her many other community activities
- Alberta Wilson for her civic engagement with Central Brevard NAACP and she is Chair of the Space Coast Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women
Where: Suntree County Club at 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940
When: Friday, February 7th at 11:30 a.m.
Menu: Chicken Mushroom Crepes, Seafood Stuffed Sole, London Broil, or Pasta Primavera
Cost: $30.00. Please mail checks to LWV Space Coast, 6629 Canal Road, Melbourne Village, FL 32940
Reservations: to Doreen Archer at 321-622-4071 by Saturday, February 1st.
The Space Coast League and the Water and Land Conservation Amendment
In 2012 Florida's Water and Land Legacy began a campaign to place an amendment to Florida's Consitution on the 2014 ballot that, if passed by 60% of the voters will mandate dedicated funding of Florida's Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Those funds will be used to acquire, manage and restore Florida's conservation and recreation lands. The League of Women Voters of Florida became involved in the spring of 2013. At its April Biennial Convention it adopted the amendment initiative as an "Issue for Action". The League then called on each of its 28 Chapters to join the campaign and gather as many signed Consitutional Amendment Petitions as possible. All of the Chapters responded and in June our Space Coast Chapter began its six-month effort to collect petitions.
Each of the petitions gathered aross the state must be certified by one of the 67 county Superintendents of Elections has having been correctly completed and signed by a registered Florida voter residing in his or her county. State-wide, 683,149 certified petitions are required to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. At the conclusion of the campaign on November 30th, almost 950,000 signed petitions had been gathered across Florida by several hundred community organizations and other. Hence, pending completion of the certification procedure, it appears that the campaign has been a great success.
A petition goal was set for each League Chapter based upon its membership size. Certainly the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast may be proud of its participation. More than a thrid of our approximately 100 members gathered petitions in the sun and in the rain. They worked at events like "Hands Across the Lagoon", the "Boomer Bash", and "Recycle Brevard". And they urged their friends, families and neighbors to sign. The Space Coast Chapter exceeded its goal by hundreds, and it ranked fourth among all the League Chapters across Florida in the number of petitions gathered.
It is expected that by early February 2014 the official validation of the proposed amendment will be issued. Shortly thereafter, Phase 2 of the campaign will begin - convicing our fellow citizens to vote in 2014 and to vote for the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution. We will be there!