2003-07-11 / Community

Pataki Signs School Bill

Pataki Signs School Bill

Governor George E. Pataki has signed into law legislation that will create a new community governing structure for New York City schools and "ensure significant participation for both parents and community residents."

"Working together with Mayor Bloomberg, we’ve made historic and
sweeping reforms that will benefit New York City’s schoolchildren" Governor Pataki said. "Today’s creation of the new community governance structure will complete the final step in implementing those sweeping reforms of the City’s education system by ensuring that parents, community residents and citizens have a voice in how our children are educated."

Mayor Bloomberg said, "Improving parental and community involvement
is an essential step in improving New York City schools. The creation of these new Community District Education Councils will encourage greater parental participation in local schools than ever before, and having nine of the eleven members of each council selected by parents and parent-teacher associations is the best way to make sure that we are doing the right thing.

The new law creates a "Community District Education Council" in each
community district, comprised of 11 voting members and one non-voting
member. To ensure more parental participation, nine of the voting council members will be parents selected by representatives from parent and
parent-teacher associations. Two of the voting members will be appointed
by the borough president and the non-voting member will be a high school senior appointed by the school district superintendent. The City School Chancellor is directed to develop an election process for the parent and parent-teacher associations.

The community councils will continue to possess the former powers of
community school boards and increase their role in community involvement.

Among their numerous duties, the councils will hold monthly meetings with the superintendent to discuss the district’s educational progress, submit an annual performance evaluation of the district’s leadership to the chancellor, hold a hearing on the district’s annual capacity needs and review the districts’ educational programs and their impact on student achievement. 

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