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Want To Be A CEC Member? Prepare For Lots Of Paperwork

By Howard Schwach
Want To Be A CEC Member? Prepare For Lots Of Paperwork

Want To Be A CEC Member?
Prepare For Lots Of Paperwork

By Howard Schwach

Are you the parent of a public school student and want to become a member of the newly formed Com munity Education Councils (CEC) that will soon replace the elected Community School Boards?

If so, get ready for lots of paperwork and prepare to disclose your closest-held financial and employment information.

The New York City Department of Education has released a ten-page application that each parent who wants to self-nominate him or herself must fill out.

Each council will have eleven mem bers, including nine who are parents of children who attend school in that district. Two additional members will be appointed by the Borough Pres ident. They must be residents of the district or operate a business in the district. The final member is a non-voting high school student who will be appointed by the Region Five Super intendent.

All members elected in 2004 will serve for one year. Beginning with the spring of 2005, however, terms will run for two years.

Candidates many not be officers of local parent associations. They cannot be elected or appointed public officials. People who are deemed to have a financial conflict of interest by the DOE's ethics officer are also ineligible, as are those who have been removed from a Community School Board.

Parents who are interested in serving should contact the local district office for an application, or they may download an application from the Department of Education's Web site at www.nycenet.edu/councils.

Members will be selected by the pres ident, secretary and treasurer of each of the PA organizations in the district. These three people will be designated as "Parent Selectors." Those parent selectors will receive a list of all the candidates in the district. Each will vote for two candidates from the list. The nine candidates with the most votes will be the winners.

A public meeting will be held in each district to give the candidates an opportunity to make presentations to the parent selectors and the public at large. Each parent organization is being asked to hold meetings as well to give candidates a chance to talk with parents.

The applications are due by March 16.

Parents who want to serve are urged by local school officials to begin the process early.

The ten-page application asks for lots of information, much of it of a personal nature.

For example, candidates must detail all of their civic activities, explain why they want to be on a CEC, detail if they have ever been convicted of a crime, list every employer or business that they have received more than $1,000 from in the past year and your relationship to the employer, detail all of your investments and whether those companies do business with the DOE, list the business or occupations of your spouse, your children, your "registered domestic partner."

The new Community Education Councils will be seated in July, after a training and orientation period.

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