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Community Education Councils Attract Low Interest

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

education, classroom, school, school supplies, class, teachers, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Despite the city's push to recruit more candidates, a little more than 500 parents applied to run for 325 seats on Community Dducation Councils — that's about the same low level as the last elections two years ago.

Community Education Councils vote on zoning changes and serve as liaisons between the schools and the department of education. District 32 in Brooklyn attracted the fewest number of candidates: just five, which is not even enough for a quorum.

Six other districts fell short of the nine candidates they need for a full slate. (Two more seats in every local district are appointed by the borough presidents)

District 1 in Lower Manhattan attracted the most candidates, with 44. In contrast, four citywide councils — representing parents of high schoolers, English Language Learners and different special education students — all drew enough candidates to fill their slates. A total of 77 parents applied for the 10 seats on the high school panel.

The Department of Education said it will work with school-based PTAs to recruit more candidates in the months ahead for those councils that are still running short. Parents can choose which candidates they like starting next week. Their votes are considered advisory, because the final selection is made later in May by PTA officers within each council.

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Comments [1]

These are very difficult commitments to keep. Meetings are during the day, during the week... if the parent works in a traditional M-F 9-5 job this becomes impossible. . . perhaps something akin to the family medical leave act would promote fuller participation in this - or PTA meetings, or... maybe what's needed is something like the FMLA to promote civic service/volunteerism, period.

Apr. 27 2011 06:26 AM

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