2017-05-10 / Features

Voting Completed For Community & Citywide Education Councils


Voting for 325 seats on 32 Community and four Citywide Education Councils (CEC) closed May 9, and the final results of ballots cast by three officers of each school’s parent or parent-teacher association will be posted online at NYCParentLeaders.org on May 15. In some cases, it may have been necessary to conduct runoff elections after May 9.

The 32 Community Education Councils work closely with district superintendents, approve school zoning lines, hold hearings on the capital plan and provide input on policy issues. Each CEC has 9 elected members who are parents of students in grades K-8 in district schools. In addition, each borough president appoints two members to each CEC.

Interpretation services are available at CEC meetings and immigration status is not a consideration for a position on an education council.

The four Citywide Councils – High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education and District 75 – advise on policies affecting the students they represent.

After the results are announced, the newly elected CEC members will attend training organized by the Department of Education’s Division of Family and Community Engagement to learn about their roles and responsibilities and will take office on July 1 for a two-year term.

During the last CEC election in 2015, there was a significant increase in participation with 1,290 parents applying, up from 729 in 2013 and 511 in 2011.

Expanded efforts to increase participation with a multi-language marketing campaign, Raise Your Hand, reached families with ad placement in subways, bus shelters, taxis and schools, as well as through automated telephone calls, text messages, and digital and print media.

“Parents are our valued partners in education, and the Community and Citywide Education Council elections allow families to serve as agents of change in their communities, bringing grassroots organizing to the fold and supporting challenges that school communities may face,” said Yolanda Torres, Executive Superintendent of the Division of Family and Community Engagement in a February 10 DOE statement.

In 2015, 2,297 parent selectors voted, a 60% increase from 2013. The 2017 election began back in February with a series of information forums for prospective candidates. Between April 23 and May 9 three officers of each school’s parent or parent-teacher association cast their ballots online.

“Education Councils play a critical role in their school communities, impacting the lives of their child and thousands more,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen FariƱa in the February DOE statement.

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