Help Shape City Schools: Education Policy Advisory Boards in NYC

Think playground politics is hard? try your hand in the Department of Education. Last week, the New York City Department of Education launched the 2011 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections which provides parents with an opportunity to support their community’s public schools and help shape educational policy.

Citywide Education Councils are education policy advisory bodies that represent the interests of high school students, English Language Learners, and special education students. These Councils are responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies that involve the student communities represented by the Councils, issuing an annual report on the effectiveness of the city district in providing services to the represented student communities, and holding at least one meeting per month open to the public during which the public may discuss issues facing the represented student communities.

CEC applications are being accepted now through April 22nd, and for the first time, parents can text “APPLY” to 877877 to receive application information, in addition to filling out and submitting their applications online or via mail.

Here’s the link to the website where you can get more information about elections and can also fill out an application: http://powertotheparents.org/.