League of Women Voters of Sarasota County to host back to school ‘Special Session’ on Sept. 9 at Selby Library in Sarasota

Governor’s reorganization of New College to be among topics

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At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, the League of Women Voters of Sarasota County will host a back-to-school “Special Session” at Selby Public Library in downtown Sarasota, the organization has announced.

Given the controversies surrounding public education in Florida, which have also had local ramifications, there is no shortage of topics to cover,” a news release points out.

“We have assembled a distinguished panel of experts who will help us understand book banning, vouchers and other ‘hot topics,’ ” the release adds. “With New College right in our backyard,” the release continues, the session will feature a firsthand report on how Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reorganization of the college “is affecting students and faculty as they return to their classes.”

The panelists for the event are as follows:

  • Grace Keenan – undergraduate at New College of Florida and student member of the New College Board of Directors.
  • Theoni Soublis — professor in the Education Department at the University of Tampa.
  • Jill Lewis-Spector —second vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida and chair of the state League and the Sarasota County League Education Action Teams.
  • Carol Lerner — Support Our Schools.

Registration for the event is required, the release points out. “Register to attend in person or via Zoom,” the release says.

The library is located at 1331 First St. in Sarasota.

Questions from the audience will be encouraged, the release notes, and refreshments will be served.