LWVFA Program Materials: Studies and Informational Articles


May 2018 Fairfax VOTER 

The May article reviewed the proposed LWV-VA Education concurrence to be presented at June 2018 LWV-VA Council. The article and all resources follow.

What’s Going On In Virginia?

Are Public School Funds Going to Private Schools?  Learn about the proposed LWV-VA Education Concurrence on Charter Schools and Vouchers.  At the 2017 Convention in Leesburg, the delegates adopted an ambitious LWV-VA Program for 2017-2019. Three items were approved for review or study by a committee or task force, including: research the pros and cons of charter schools, vouchers and other school choice options in Virginia. These reviews or updates can take up to two years to conclude through the League consensus process [hence the two-year time frame], however two of the adopted items are being proposed as “concurrences,” to be adopted at the 2018 LWV-VA Council on June 16, 2018.  The May Fairfax VOTER, focuses on the recommendation of the “Public Funds For Public Schools” Task Force (aka, School Choice Task Force).  The Task Force is proposing to add an entire section (Part III) to the LWV-VA Education Position—read the entire wording of Part III on pages EF1-EF7 or click on file below.  Read this material to learn why this proposal is needed, as well as the difference between forming a League position by concurrence rather than by consensus.  

Read or download the May 2018 Fairfax VOTER .  Additional resources are listed below as background for the article.

Color Chart of School Choice Options in large font. (Chart is in May Voter)

The May 2018 Discussion Questions Report Form was changed as of May 3; Question number 3 was revised.  The file posted below is  named "RV-Ques 3"

1. May 2018 Discussion Questions Report Form – Education Concurrence- Revised(Word document format- when you click on this link, you will be asked to "save" the file, click OK and document will be saved in your documents folder

Discussion Resources:

2.  Acronyms & References[Education Concurrence]- SZ

Acronyms & Resources from Carol Noggle

3.  Charter Education, Yes/No Matrix[Carol Noggle's file]

4.  LWV-VA Concurrence Policy, 201

5.  LWV-VA Education Position of 2003, with Part III, 2018 Concurrence statement added (created by SZ)

6.  School Basics Background Virginia[Carol Noggle]

7.  School Choice Approval Criteria Matrix (chart) as of 17March from Carol Noggle.

Sources for Concurrence & Article (from Carol Noggle)

8.   Appendix A - Public Schools & Democracy-Sources-Noggle

9.   Appendix C– ReignRavitch.pdf

10. Appendix D-ResourcesStandards22March-Noggle-RV

(Appendix D (formerly Appendix B) contains all the Sources and Resources for Standards & Requirements used by Task Force for  Concurrence Approval Criteria.  Created by Carol Noggle, Task Force Chair)


"FIFI” Is Not a French Poodle—It’s a Solution to Metro’s Problems and We Are Part of It.

You may have heard lately that Metro is in trouble.   The League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA), of which LWVFA is a member, is working to be a part of the solution.  LWVNCA has joined a coalition of 22 organizations—called “FIFI”— which is an acronym for “Fund It/Fix It,” and its sole purpose is to “get Metro back on track” (pun intended).  Read this comprehensive article; learn when and why the League became an early and continuing supporter of Metro and discuss how we can be part of the solution which affects all of us, including Fairfax County and City, as well as the rest of the metropolitan D. C. area.

In addition to the March 2018 Fairfax VOTER, here are additional resources for the unit discussion groups:

The following articles provide more information:



What do you know about hydraulic fracturing ("fracking" for short) and where it is taking place in Virginia? A small but mighty LWV of Virginia (LWV-VA) Fracking Study Committee has thoroughly researched this much debated, political and environmental issue and has produced a voluminous report called "Fracking in Virginia," the first part of which is presented in the January 2017 Fairfax VOTER. Part II follows in the February Fairfax VOTER Newsletter and contains the Consensus Questions for the LWV-VA "Fracking in Virginia" Study.



Additional materials for the discussion (both for January and February, 2017) are posted here: January 2017 Fairfax VOTER-in colorDiscussion Questions printed in January VOTER); Appendices (from the Study Report); References for the entire report (from the Study Report); Fracking Study Glossaryused in the Report.

Direct Link to the 11MB PDF file of the entire 20-plus page "Fracking In Virginia Study" Report is available HERE. To view background papers and other resources, including the latest updates on legislation in the General Assembly and DMME regulations that were adopted December 28, go to the LWV-VA Natural Resources website, http://www.lwv-va-natres.org/.

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