Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dear PTA/ PA, President’s Councils, CECs, CCHS, Parent Coordinators, and District Family Advocates (school Districts 13, 15, 17, & 20)


With another school year underway, we want to acknowledge all of the hard work you put into building a strong school community. As a representative for schools in our respective districts, you are crucial to the success and continued improvement of our city’s school system.

Many decisions made by the Department of Education, have deeply affected different aspects of our schools, for example the budget and the progress reports. Did the Department of Education reach out to you before these decisions were made? Your position is mandated by the Department of Education and you should play an active role in the decision-making process.

In the face of the re-authorization of mayoral control, many advocacy groups have come together to offer their recommendations for improving the existing system of school governance. Many of those groups, including the Coalition for Educational Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education agree that checks and balances must be restored in the decision making process. We believe that those checks and balances should include the involvement of parents.

On Wednesday, October 22nd we will host a meeting where you in your specific role can gather to Decide the Course of parental involvement. Together, we will develop concrete recommendations aimed at promoting the inclusion of parents in the Department of Education’s decision making process BEFORE decisions are made.

Parents are vital to the success of our schools and we believe decisions made by the Department of Education should reflect this. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on October 22nd to hear your stories and suggestions. Let’s all work together to create the most effective, nurturing and collaborative educational system for our children.

Letitia James

Bill De Blasio

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