Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Straw Vote Gives Council Parents Advisory Role
Monday, April 20, 2009
New York, NY —
Parents of New York City public school students have until Wednesday to cast their votes in a straw poll for Community Education Councils. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the votes are not binding.
REPORTER: The city's 32 local districts each have a Community Education Council, responsible for approving any zoning changes when schools open and close. The councils consist of nine elected parents. Under state law, only parent association officers can vote, but this year the city opened the process with a straw poll so all other parents to cast advisory votes.
NARRATOR: This spring NY will hold the first entirely online public election in US history.
REPORTER: The city says 10,000 parents have already voted through the web site "Power to the Parents", which produced this ad. But six of the 32 local districts, and a council for parents of special education students, don't have enough candidates to fill their seats. Many parents say that's because the councils don't have enough power. For WNYC I'm Beth Fertig.