Plans Set For New Community Education Councils
Now that the Department of Justice has approved plans for new Community Education Councils to replace Community School Boards, the move to implement the plan is moving ahead full steam.
School Chancellor Joel Klein and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott (who is heading the school change initiative for Mayor Michael Bloomberg) have announced what they call a "massive outreach plan to recruit parents for the new Community Education Councils (CEC’s).
"These new education councils are an integral part of our Children First reforms, which aim to empower parents at all levels of the school system," Klein said. "Starting January 29, I will kick off a series of six parent and community engagement meetings to meet with thousands of parents across the city."
Each Community Education Council will have nine parent members, two community members appointed by the Borough President and one non-voting student representative.
Parents will nominate themselves for a spot on their CEC and parent members will be selected by the officers of the local parent associations.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Education, the applications to serve on the new CEC’s is due by March 16.
The applications will be available on-line and in Department of Education offices across the city.
The spokesperson said that flyers and detailed brochures would be sent home with every student in the system within the next few weeks.
In addition, the Chancellor will be holding a meeting in each borough to speak with parents about the councils.
No dates have yet been set for those meetings, however.
The final selection for CEC members will be made by May 11. The new members will then participate in
orientation and training sessions to prepare them to begin their term on July 1.
At that point, the present Community School Boards will be dis-