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Social Policy

The League of Women Voters supports Social Policies that secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all, and that promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans.

 

MARRIAGE/CIVIL UNION EQUALITY

Action to ensure that Maryland law does not discriminate in its recognition of all marriages/civil unions on the basis of gender or religious definitions of marriage. (2007)

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HOUSING

Action to develop a state housing policy responsive to the need for more affordable housing and to clarify landlord/tenant relationships. (1982, 1983)

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HEALTH CARE and HEALTH CARE APPEALS

Action to ensure a health care appeals system which protects patients, makes insurers accountable and objectively addresses patients’ concerns. (1999) 

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EDUCATION

Action to support measures which recognize the primary responsibility for funding public elementary and secondary education lies with the state. (1972, 1975) Action to support the state aiding local school systems in attracting and retaining competent teachers. (1989) Action to oppose using public funding for vouchers to enable parents to send their children to private elementary and secondary schools. (2001) Action to encourage the inclusion of certain criteria in any legislation or regulations governing the establishment of Public Charter Schools. (2001)  Action to insure students have an opportunity to pass high school graduation tests. (2005)

 

CHOICE IN EDUCATION – VOUCHERS (2001, 2002)

Opposition to:
  1. Using public funding for vouchers to enable parents to send their children to private elementary and secondary schools

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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TESTING

Ensure students have an opportunity to pass high school graduation tests. (2005)

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FINANCING EDUCATION

The primary responsibility for funding public elementary and secondary education lies with the state: (1972, 1975)

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PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (2001)

Support For: The following criteria in any legislation or regulations governing the establishment of Public Charter Schools:
  • a. Public Charter Schools must be non sectarian, non religious, non profit, and not home-based;
  • b. Applications may be submitted by a variety of groups or organizations, including, but not limited to, parents, teachers and institutions of higher learning;

COMPETENT TEACHERS

State aiding local school systems in attracting and retaining competent teachers. (1989)
ADULT LITERACY
Action to ensure availability of free or low cost basic English language instruction for adult Maryland residents who are not proficient in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English. (2009)
CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Action to support a comprehensive range of child-centered services to ensure all children a chance to grow toward stable, productive adulthood. (1995)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Action to support preventing initial and repeat occurrences of violence against spouses, domestic partners, the elderly, and children. - Action to support a strong statewide response to violence that is integrated, interdisciplinary, and adequately funded, involving all segments of the law-enforcement and judicial systems, the medical community, the schools, social services, animal care and control agencies, and the private sector, with a primary focus on the safety of victims. (2000)
DRUNK DRIVING
Action to promote strong governmental measures and educational programs to address the problem of the drinking driver. (1983 and 2001)