Dear Parents,

The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Department of Education invites you to an information session regarding the 2017 Education Council Elections on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at 120-55 Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens in Room 200.  Education Councils offer parents an opportunity for District and Citywide leadership with a strong voice in education policy. Attendees will learn about education councils and how to become a candidate and run in the elections.  The session will include a Q & A with current and former council members.  The following are the Education Councils that will be discussed:

Community Education Councils (CEC)

The CECs work closely with the district superintendents, approve school zoning lines, hold hearings on the capital plan, and provide input on instructional and policy issues. Each CEC has nine members who are parents of students currently in grades K-8 in district schools, and two Borough President appointees.  The two Borough President appointees do not run in a regular election the way the other 9 members do.

Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)

The CCHS advises on education policy and issues involving high school students. The CCHS has 10 elected members, two from each borough, who must be the parents of students currently attending a public high school.

Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

The CCELL advises on education policy and issues involving students in bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The CCELL has nine elected members, who must be parents of students currently or recently classified by the DOE as English Language Learners.

Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)

The CCSE advises on education policy and services for students with disabilities. The CCSE has nine elected members, who must be parents of students receiving special education services paid for by the DOE.

Citywide Council for District 75 (CCD75)

The CCD75 advises on education policy and services for  students with disabilities who attend D75  programs. The CCD75 has nine elected members, who must be parents of students in a D75 program.

Come and learn more about the education council elections and make a difference in education.  Please feel free to share this email to all of your parent contacts who you think will make a great leader on an education council. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank You,

Monica Gutierrez

Education Director

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

(718)286-2627

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