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The League View appears weekly on Sundays in the Hendersonville Times-News.

SEPTEMBER 2009

9/6/09

All Henderson County school age students have returned to their classrooms. They may be in traditional or flex quarter schools. Parents should be familiar with the attendance policy. NC law states that children between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend school. Student attendance requirements for credit and promotion: Elementary school - in attendance for for a minimum of 164 days; Middle school - a minimum of 166 days; High school on block schedule (4x4) - students must be in attendance for a minimum of 85 days to obtain credit in each course; and high school on traditional schedule - a minimum of 170 days. Excessive absences can result in non-promotion in grades K-8 or course failure in high school. Review the Board of Education website www.henderson.k12.nc.us


9/13/09

The League of Women Voters grew directly from the suffragist movement. Suffragists organized in North Carolina as early as 1913. WomenÕs suffrage was never popular with North Carolina legislators, and in 1920 they successfully defeated ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Amendments giving women the right to vote were introduced in Congress one after another for more than forty years before the Nineteenth Amendment, proposed on June 4, 1919, was ratified on August 18, 1920. The amendment reads: Woman Suffrage Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Finally, in 1971 North Carolina ratified that amendment.


9/20/09

On September 24, 1920, Miss Gertrude Weil, President of the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina, called an organizational meeting for a State League of Women Voters. On Thursday October 7, 1920, in Greensboro, the women assembled elected their first slate of officers and their chairman of committees. The agrees that the Leagues within the State League would be county Leagues. From the beginning, the North Carolina League of Women Voters organized not only its members but also women in other organizations throughout the state to bring pressure to bear, particularly for education and working children, raising the age of consent from 14 to a6, improving the justice system, particularly for women and children, and surveying the working conditions of women in industry.


9/27/09

The League of Women Voters, organized in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, had a goal to teach women how to exercise their new right to vote. The scope was soon enlarged to include education available to all citizens. Membership in the League leads to a better understanding of the factual information surrounding issues, an understanding of community problems, and the ability of its members to act effectively on issues of public interest. The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to act on selected governmental issues. The League may take action on issues on which members reach agreement. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for elective office.




 

 



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