2011-07-20 / Features

Citywide CEC Members Named After Second Election

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO


“I am not happy about what has happened in the whole CEC process,” Walcott said at the June Panel for Educational Policy meeting. “My goal is to continue to improve the CEC process[es] and make them more robust.” “I am not happy about what has happened in the whole CEC process,” Walcott said at the June Panel for Educational Policy meeting. “My goal is to continue to improve the CEC process[es] and make them more robust.” After a series of missteps, results of the Community and Citywide Education Council (CEC) election for 2011-2013 have been announced by the city Department of Education. Names of new members, who began serving two-year terms beginning July 1, are posted on the DOE Web site at schools.nyc.gov/offices/cec.

In District 28, City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz met with one parent who is unhappy with the CEC results. At least three parents in District 28 were told they had won, only to have DOE reverse that position, according to a July 13 report in the Daily News.

Elections conducted by the DOE Office of Family Information and Action (OFIA) had to be held twice, causing confusion and consternation among parents. Public school parents have an advisory vote on CEC candidates and the actual selection is done by the votes of PA and PTA officers in each school.

Parents of children attending public school were eligible to vote in an initial parent advisory election from May 1 through May 7 through the use of an ID and password provided by their child or chldren’s school. PA/PTA officers were to select the new CEC members in voting held from May 17 to May 24. Parents across the city complained they could not access the candidate list to vote and that names of some candidates they wanted to vote for were missing from the list.

“The flaws in this election are too many to count [and] parents are fed up and demoralized,” Mona Davids of the New York City Parents Union said in the Daily News June 9 edition.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott invalidated the results of the May 1 to May 7 parent vote and opened a new parent advisory voting period from May 18 to May 25. The new PA/PTA voting period was held May 27 to June 3. The winners were notified and an orientation for new CEC members was held on June 25.

In the June 9 Daily News it was reported that only 2,782 parents voted in the initial May 1 to May 7 election and even fewer in the second round, held from May 27 to June 3. In contrast, 25,000 parents voted in the 2009-2011 CEC election, according to the Daily News.

“I am not happy about what has happened in the whole CEC process,” Walcott said at the June Panel for Educational Policy meeting. “My goal is to continue to improve the CEC process[es] and make them more robust.”

Citywide CEC members from Queens are:

• District 24 – Lucy Accardo, Nick Comaianni, Jean Vernet Darius, Jeanne Ellen Forster, Samantha Papaccio, Constance M. Partinico, Brian Morgan Rafferty, Peter Vecessi.

• District 25 – Jacqueline Colson, Nicholas Corrado, Michael Hwang, Meisha McAleney, Kim Montgomery, Jaya D. Patil, Gina Stratis, Bernadette Taylor.

• District 26 – Ricky Chen, Michelle Fields, Vijayalami Hegde, Pankaj Kapur, Daniel John O’Gallagher, Jeanette Veronica Segal, Hong Keng Tan, Lucy Vieco.

• District 27 – Gina M Davis, Coralanne Griffith-Hunte, Joshua Hirschman, Jennifer A. McNamara, John Patrick Larkin, Raymond W. McNamara Sr., Alexandra Siler, Janice M. Sirgenti-Wilson.

• District 28 – Abigal C. Brown, Estrella Caban, Deborah Dillingham, Sean Edwin, WillieFlora Gaines, Linda Diane Suber, Josianne G. Trahan, Sandra Williams.

• District 29 – Michelle Norma Brown, Dawn Cartr-McDonald, Lorraine Alberta Gittens-Bridges, Alicia Hyndman, William Donald Perkins Jr., Carole N. Peters, Ericka Lisa Williams, Valeria Williams-Charles.

• District 30 – Helena Akhtar, Ernest Brooks, Isaac Carmignani, Jeffrey Guyton, Karla Jacome, Valarie LaMour, Michelle Noris, Marius Titus.

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