What are Community Education Councils (CEC)?
There are 32 Community Education Councils (CEC) in New York City. Each CEC oversees a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. Each CEC has 11 voting members including nine parents of students in public elementary, intermediate and/or junior high schools in the district. There are two additional voting members who are appointed by the borough presidents and must be residents of or own or operate a business in the district. A non-voting high school senior residing in the district and who is an elected student leader will be appointed by the community superintendent. Beginning in the spring of 2005, parent selections and borough president appointments will take place every two years.
What are Citywide Education Councils (CEC)?
Citywide Education Councils Citywide Education Councils are an opportunity for parents to advocate for specific student populations. Like CECs, these councils have 11 voting members each (9 elected parents and 2 appointees), except for the Citywide Council on High Schools which has 13 members (10 elected parents and 3 appointees).
Who Can Serve on the Citywide Council for District 75 (CCD75)
If you have a child who is currently enrolled in a District 75 school or program
New York City's Community and Citywide Education Councils are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on educational policies, and providing input to the Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy on matters of concern to the district. The powers and duties of CECs are spelled out in NYS Education Law §2590-e; those of Citywide Councils can be found in §2590-b.
The responsibilities of CEC members include:
Approving zoning lines, as submitted by the superintendent;
Reviewing the district’s educational programs and assessing their effect on student achievement;
Submitting an annual evaluation of the superintendent to the Chancellor, and consulting on the selection of the community superintendent;
Serving as liaisons to School Leadership Teams and providing assistance;
Holding public hearings on the district’s annual capacity plans and submitting to the chancellor a CEC-approved plan based on enrollment/utilization data for each school in the district;
Holding joint public hearings with the chancellor (or designee) for any proposed school closing or significant change in school utilization; and
Preparing a district report card and ensuring its public distribution
The Responsibilities of Citywide Council Members include:
Issuing an annual report on how effectively the populations they represent are served, and
Making recommendations for improvements.
CEC members are required to attend a minimum of two trainings during their term of office and to submit a monthly performance report that includes meeting attendance records, school visits and committee activities.
All Education Council members are required to attend each meeting of their council. Three or more unexcused absences (as defined in CR D-140) are grounds for dismissal.