Wednesday, July 28

Parents of students can serve on the Board of Education

Parents of students can serve on the Board of Education

Boards of Education offer parents the opportunity to be a candidate. /Archive

Photo: Edwin Martínez / Impremedia

The Community Education Councils (CEC) offer to the parents of each student the opportunity to support and make a difference in education at the district level.
This is an election year for the New York City Boards of Education. Parents across the city have the opportunity to run for a seat on the Council and help shape the policies and priorities of New York City schools. There is one council for each of New York City’s 32 community school districts, in addition to four councils across the city.

CECs are educational policy advisory bodies responsible, among other things, for reviewing and evaluating their district’s educational programs, approving zoning lines, and holding public hearings on certain issues. See page Functions and responsibilities for a more complete description of what members do.

Each CEC consists of 11 voting members who provide practical leadership and support to the public schools in their district:

  • 9 are parents of children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade who attend a district school or a pre-kindergarten program offered by a district school; These members are elected by the parents of the children who attend these schools and programs.
  • 2 are residents and / or local business leaders appointed by the president of the municipality; Y
  • In addition, each CEC includes one non-voting high school senior who lives in the district and is appointed by the community superintendent.
  • CECs must hold at least one public meeting per month, with the Community Superintendent, where parents and the community can voice their concerns.

Who are eligible

You are eligible to apply if you are the parent of a student currently attending Pre-K through eighth grade at a school under the jurisdiction of the community school district where you wish to serve on the CEC.

In order to determine CEC eligibility, “Parent” is defined in Chancellor’s Regulation D-140 as: A parent (by birth or adoption, stepparent or adoptive parent), legal guardian, or person in parental relationship to a child. A person in parental relationship with a child is a person who is directly responsible for the care and custody of the child on a regular basis rather than a parent or legal guardian.

Of the nine CEC seats filled at the election, one is reserved for the parent of a child who receives or received special education services at any time (“Parent IEP”), and one is reserved for the parent of a child. who is an English learner who is currently in or was enrolled in a Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, or English as a New Language (ENL) program at any time (“ELL Parent”).

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