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Education: Accountability in a New Landscape

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for a lively panel discussion examining accountability in traditional public schools and charter schools. New Jersey education experts will discuss, debate, and offer insight into current education policy trends. Panelists are sure to touch on many current education topics including tenure and teacher evaluation, charter school authorization, and others as they discuss their ideas for education reform.

When: Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: PSEG Training Center, 234 Pierson Ave, Edison, NJ

Register: The registration deadline is this Friday, September 16th! Learn more about the event and register online!

This panel discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, education reporter and founding editor of NJSpotlight.com. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Panelists include:

Dr. Rosemary Knab, Associate Director, NJEA Research and Economic Services

Dr. Brian Osborne, Superientendent of Schools, South Orange & Maplewood

Dr. Julia Sass Rubin, Association Professor at Edward J. Bloustein School and one of the founding members of Save our Schools NJ

Dr. Alan R. Sadovnik, Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs and co-director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy and Newark Schools Research Collaborative, Rutgers University-Newark.


In the afternoon, we will hold skill-building workshops. This year you have the opportunity to attend either

Moderator Training

An experienced trainer and moderator will teach you your responsibilities, including our updated procedures, using a manual and role-playing. This workshop is a double session precluding attendence at any other.

or two of the following workshops:

Effective Lobbying

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is strengthening our Lobby Corps!    Are you interested in learning how you can be a part of our advocacy efforts, take on a leadership role in the League, and make a positive difference? Join longtime League lobbyist Sandy Matsen to learn effective lobbying techniques.

Membership and Leadership Development

This year, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is participating in a national initiative aimed at increasing membership! Come learn how your local League can benefit from the best practices our state membership coaches have learned from LWVUS.

Starting a “Running & Winning” Workshop

Come learn how you can start this popular program that introduces high school girls in your community to public service. This is a wonderful way to engage your members and gain new members. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey even has resources and money to help your local League kick off this program!

BrandRaising: Marketing the League

For-profit companies invest significantly in marketing and communications in order to build their customer base and raise awareness. Traditionally, nonprofits have not used marketing strategies and tools in the same way…but should! Come learn how the League can use these proven techniques and tools (like social media) to raise funds, improve outreach, and increase visibility!

Register by Friday, September 16th to avoid the late fee!

League of Women Voters of New Jersey ushers in new leadership team

LWVNJ elects a new state board - Toni Zimmer, President, front row, third in from left

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey welcomes Toni Zimmer as the statewide organization’s newly elected president and announces the hiring of Kerry Butch as its new Executive Director.

“These leaders share a deep commitment to the League’s mission and to New Jersey’s voters,” said Anne Maiese, previous president of the League. “Working together as a team, with a vast amount of energy, knowledge, and experience between them, Kerry and Toni will revitalize and transform the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.”

Toni Zimmer, the first African-American president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and a League member for several years, was elected to the position in a historic moment at the organization’s biennial convention. Previously, Zimmer was president of the League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands and vice president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. She has served on the NJ Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors, has owned her own business, “The Writers’ Group” for over twenty years, and is a member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. As president, Zimmer leads a newly elected thirteen member state Board of Directors, which includes six members who are new to the board.

“Toni Zimmer’s personal charisma, work ethic and commitment to the League’s mission will make her an outstanding president,” said Maiese. “I am looking forward to serving on her board and working to achieve her vision of a more unified, visible League of Women Voters.”

Kerry Margaret Butch brings more than fifteen years non-profit experience to the League. In her previous job at the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), Butch designed and implemented LEADING GREEN, a leadership training that honed the skills of urban environmental commissioners, local officials and interested citizens, on environmental topics of interest to residents of cities and developed suburbs. She currently serves on the Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of George Mason University, she has worked in Newark and Asbury Park, serving as executive director for the Asbury Park Consortium and a community organizer for Newark’s Ironbound Community Corporation. She is a member of the first graduating class of AmeriCorps. Ms. Butch produced the film Greetings from Asbury Park, an award winning documentary film that is currently being shown on PBS.

“Kerry Butch comes to the League with great experience and skills, and I am confident she will help the League of Women Voters of New Jersey maintain and increase its vitality and influence. We are lucky to have her as part of our team,” Maiese concluded.

“Running and Winning”

The following entry is written by Jesse Burns, LWVNJ Director of Communications.

Last week I had to the opportunity to attend my first “Running and Winning” program.  It was organized and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area. “Running and Winning” is an amazing day-long League program that encourages high school girls to consider a political career.

I found the commitment of the League members, other sponsoring organizations, volunteers, female elected officials and political operatives, and the enthusiasm of the student participants extremely inspiring and encouraging. Young women who may have never before considered a career in politics, or who may have thought that a political career was not possible, left that day excited, empowered, and confident in their ability to work on a campaign team or run for elected office.  The young women spent the day interviewing women who have political careers, researching the pros and cons of a policy issue, and working together in teams to prepare and deliver a campaign speech about that issue.

Currently four local Leagues – LWV of Cape May, LWV of Mountain Lakes, LWV of Camden County, and LWV of the Greater Red Bank Area – organize and sponsor local “Running and Winning” programs in their communities. I would like to say thank you to the many people who work so hard to provide this opportunity to high school girls in those areas. All of you are playing a huge role in shaping the future of these young women and working to decrease the gender gap in our political system. As I watched each group of students deliver their speeches I was so very proud to belong to an organization that not only encourages political participation, but also provides hands-on leadership skills to foster our future female political leaders.