On July 1, 2004, the NYC Community Education Councils and Citywide Councils began their historic new role in educational history. These councils, known as CECs, have in essence replaced each district’s Community School Boards. The CEC serves as an advisory board providing input and comment to the Chancellor and the Panel on Educational Policy regarding the needs of the district and DOE policy, in addition to policy implementation. We serve as advocates for the parents of the district, as well as the district itself to the Chancellor and PEP.
Some of the core responsibilities of the CEC are:
To promote achievement of educational standards and objectives relating to the instruction of students
To serve as a liaison with School Leadership Teams and provide assistance where possible.
To provide input to the Chancellor and the Panel on Educational Policy on matters of concern to the district
To submit an evaluation of the Community Superintendent and Local Instructional Superintendents
To review the district’s educational programs and assess their impact on student achievement
To approve zoning lines for district schools
There are 32 Community Education Councils in NYC, one for each of the community school districts. There is also 1 Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE) and 1 Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS).
The Councils were designed to ensure that parents have a voice and are able to provide hands-on leadership and support for public schools. Parents control the majority of the seats on all of the councils; at least 9 out of 12 available seats are held by public school parents. Students and community members make up the remaining seats.
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