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Monday, April 6, 2009

District 10 Holds Forum for Education Council Candidates

Last Thursday, at P.S. 54, on Webster Avenue, near Fordham Road, the District 10 Community Education Council (CEC) held a forum for candidates running for the upcoming election. Unfortunately, the turn out was low. Only a dozen parents and nine out of the 14 candidates attended.

On top of the low turnout, translation was also a bit of a problem. Translators provided simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, often without the use of their microphones, which made it difficult to focus on either language.

On a positive note, the candidates who were present all appeared to be genuinely concerned with addressing the issues facing children in District 10 public schools. In their three allotted minutes, each presented speeches about the importance of being involved in the education of their children.

As with all 34 CECs in New York City, the district 10 CEC is comprised of 12 members, including nine elected parent leaders who have a child attending a public school in the district, two residents and/or local business owners appointed by the Borough President, and one non-voting high school senior who lives in the district and is an elected leader at his/her school. Currently, the district 10 CEC has seven members.

The Department of Education held seven forums in the Bronx from March 26 to April 6 at I.S. 131, P.S. 218, P.S. 54, P.S. 121, P.S. 98, and Dewitt Clinton High School.

CEC members are elected by Parent/Teacher Association selectors, which consist of the President, Treasurer, and Secretary of each PA/PTA. Members will begin their two-year term on July 1, 2009 and serve until June 30, 2011.

Prior to the official vote in May, parents can caste an advisory vote from April 6-April 22. Parents can vote by phone at (877) NYC-VOTE. This year parents also have the option, for the first time, to vote online at powertotheparents.org.


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