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Election Season Begins for New Crop of Parent Leaders

Monday, March 23, 2015

More parents have put their hats in the ring this year to fill seats on Community Education Councils, with the hope of shaping education policy in New York City.
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NYC Chancellor Raises Standards for (Future) School Superintendents

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New York City's Department of Education is raising the minimum requirements for the job of district superintendent with an eye towards strengthening the chain of command — and supports — running from the top all the way down to individual school principals.

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Parents Say School Leader Listens, and it Feels Good

Friday, January 17, 2014

After a meeting with the new schools chancellor, parent leaders said they got a taste of what they were missing from the previous administration: being heard and understood.

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Parents Press for Bigger Voice in School Decisions

Monday, December 16, 2013

As the new mayor prepares to take office, parent leaders from across the city signed a letter that outlined a wish list of changes, including a bigger role for parents in many school decisions.

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One Last Tango for City Council and Outgoing Chancellor

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

With the Bloomberg administration moving full steam ahead in its last few months to place 43 more schools inside existing public school buildings, City Council members took one last opportunity to press Chancellor Dennis Walcott on this controversial practice of co-locating schools.

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Parent Input and Schools: Where the Candidates Stand

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parent empowerment has become a hot topic in this year's mayoral campaign, with both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota promising parents they would have a bigger say in decisions surrounding the public schools. Specific plans? Not so much.

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City Wins Lawsuit on Parent Council Elections

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Department of Education won a lawsuit brought by parents who claimed the election process for Community Education Councils was unfair. The suit had prevented the city from announcing the names of the winners.

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Parent Council Elections to Proceed, For Now

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Elections for the city's parent councils may continue. A group of candidates unsuccessfully tried to persuade a judge to halt the process because they felt they weren't given a full opportunity to campaign before voting began on May 1.

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Parent Candidates Sue to Halt Council Elections

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Eight parents who are running to sit on local Community Education Councils are suing to stop the elections. They argue the process has not allowed them a fair chance to reach the select parents with the authority to vote for them.

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School Closure Decisions Remain Opaque

Thursday, February 07, 2013

After the early engagement process this year, which noted the poor performance of 60 schools, education officials identified about two dozen schools for closure. The public hearings start soon but there are no expectations that anything will change the minds of D.O.E. officials. Why were some schools spared and others closed? "That's the mystery," said one Community Education Council member.

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How We Devised a Pro-Diversity Admissions Rule in a Changing Neighborhood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An inside player who helped negotiate an unusual admissions policy at an elementary school in fast-changing Sunset Park, Brooklyn lifts the curtain on the process behind the policy that will set aside more than a third of the Kindergarten seats for poor and immigrant students.

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Ocean Hill-Brownsville Lifts School Zones

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Parent leaders in Ocean Hill-Brownsville have voted to eliminate zoning boundaries for kindergarten students next fall, allowing families to apply to all schools in the district regardless of where they live. The approach seems to be catching hold in disparate neighborhoods across the city. Read our interview with CEC 23 leader Erwin Charles.

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Mayoral Hopefuls Begin to Define Their Education Policies

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Until recently, many of the likely candidates for mayor of New York City have shied away from taking public positions on how they would govern the city's more-than 1,700 public schools. But on Tuesday, several of them spoke about where they stood on school closings and parental engagement.

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A Call for Parent Power. Real Power.

Friday, December 16, 2011

At a City Council hearing on parent involvement, parents were not shy about saying that they do not feel that they are as much of a priority as is frequently stated by Education Department officials, given they have no real say on the Panel for Educational Policy, the community education councils or in school closings.

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Can School Zones Change?

Friday, December 09, 2011

A reader looking for a new apartment asks: What are the rules and regulations surrounding how often school zones can change?

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Zoning Plan Would Add Stability to Pair of Downtown Schools, Principals Say

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The debate over school rezoning in Lower Manhattan drew mostly opponents to a community meeting Tuesday night at P.S. 11 in Chelsea. But principals of two schools that now share a zone say the proposal to give them distinct and separate zones would make planning easier.

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Students and Teachers Protest Limits on Web Access

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Students and teachers at Junior High School 127 in the Bronx sent more than 60 e-mails to the Department of Education on Wednesday to protest a block on personal blogs and social media sites. Some students and educators argue that they are being kept from sites that are important to their education, but some education advocates said the Internet can be a distraction in the classroom. The protest was related to the first Banned Websites Awareness Day.

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WNYC News

City Holds Do-Over in Community Education Council Elections

Thursday, May 12, 2011

After being harshly criticized for bungling this year's community education council elections, the city has announced a do-over.

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WNYC News

City Still Negotiating Over Extension of Ed Council Elections

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

City parents can't resume voting just yet in the trouble-plagued community education council elections.

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WNYC News

Parents Claim City Bungled Community Education Council Elections

Friday, May 06, 2011

City parents and some politicians claim the Department of Education has bungled the community education council election, which is supposed to provide an avenue for parent engagement.

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