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April 18, 2017
BROOKLYN, NY, April 18, 2017: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and State Senator Jesse Hamilton hailed the inclusion in the recently passed New York State Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget of their proposal to allow parents with children in pre-k programs to run for a seat on a Community Education Council (CEC). This legislative effort, designed to engage and empower parents of more than 50,000 young children in New York City, was first envisioned in April 2015 as a way to give parents an earlier opportunity to engage with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and to have a stronger voice in the city’s education policy. Borough President Adams and State Senator Hamilton celebrated this policy change as a way to improve parental engagement.
“I’m proud that we have advanced this common-sense update to our CEC election process, all in the name of putting parental engagement first,” said Borough President Adams. “Pre-k parents will now get a real voice in shaping the educational priorities of our city and having a positive impact on their community’s future. Our CECs advance the ABCs of our children’s education, and I thank State Senator Hamilton for working with me to expand their focus to the earliest part of our sons’ and daughters’ educational experience, helping families and schools have a more meaningful interaction.”
“I count the passage of this legislation allowing pre-k parents to serve on CECs as a victory for our education system,” said State Senator Hamilton. “This legislation strengthens CECs’ ability to serve as a true gateway to parental involvement. Engaged parents form the bedrock of our school system. Including pre-k parents will deliver even stronger learning communities for every child and permit more parents to join in service of all New York City’s schoolchildren. Thanks to all the parents and educators who advocated for this bill and my colleagues who understood the importance of making this change. Thanks to Borough President Adams, who first introduced this bill and is always a powerful partner in strengthening our schools. Thanks to this new law, we can all look forward to even more representative CECs in future.”
Borough President Adams and State Senator Hamilton also encouraged parents of all school-age children to get involved in their school’s parent association (PA) or parent-teacher association (PTA). Through a partnership with PTALink.org, Borough President Adams has organized a number of leadership training seminars to build stronger PAs and PTAs across Brooklyn.
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