Melanie Mendonca
Bushwick High School '85
PTA, SLT, DLT, CEC 23
Melanie's tip: "Get to know the other parents at your school. Being active will require a lot of networking."
Gloria Corsino
John F. Kennedy High School '86
Citywide Council for Special Education
Gloria's tip: "Get involved at the school level by sitting in on PTA meetings, parent workshops, and other local meetings."
Frank Squicciarini
Franklin Delano Roosevelt '83
Community Education Council 31
Frank's tip: "Start with your own child by getting involved in the daily routine of your child's education."

BE AN ACTIVE PARENT

As an alum and a parent or guardian of a current student, you have the necessary experiences and perspective that will make a difference in the life of your own child, and maybe even other current and future public school students. Get involved with one of the many leadership opportunities below offered by your school, district, or city!

CITYWIDE LEVEL

  • Comprised of 8 members appointed by the Mayor (2 must be parents), 1 parent appointed by each Borough President, and 2 non-voting student members.
  • PEP approves budgets, contracts, co-locations, and Chancellor’s Regulations.
  • Comprised of all Presidents of each Presidents’ Council.

  • The role of the CPAC is to advise the Chancellor and support District and Borough
    Presidents’ Councils.

  • The CCHS is comprised of 10 parents (2 per borough) appointed by High School PA/PTAs, 1 parent appointed from both the CCSE and CCELL, 1 member appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting High School Senior student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The CCSE is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting student member with an IEP.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The CCELL is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting bilingual or ELL student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The District 75 Council is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • Comprised of 8 members appointed by the Mayor (2 must be parents), 1 parent appointed by each Borough President, and 2 non-voting student members.
  • PEP approves budgets, contracts, co-locations, and Chancellor’s Regulations.
  • Comprised of all Presidents of each Presidents’ Council.

  • The role of the CPAC is to advise the Chancellor and support District and Borough
    Presidents’ Councils.

  • The CCHS is comprised of 10 parents (2 per borough) appointed by High School PA/PTAs, 1 parent appointed from both the CCSE and CCELL, 1 member appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting High School Senior student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The CCSE is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting student member with an IEP.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The CCELL is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting bilingual or ELL student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.
  • The District 75 Council is comprised of 9 parents appointed by the Presidents’ Council, 2 members appointed by the Public Advocate, and 1 non-voting student member.
  • Advises on instructional policy, reports on DOE effectiveness, and holds public meetings on issues.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.

DISTRICT LEVEL

There are two types of district-wide Presidents’ Councils:

District Presidents’ Councils:

  • Comprised of PA/PTA Presidents from each school in the district.
  • Reviews District Comprehensive Education Plan (DCEP) and supports PA/PTAs.

Borough High School Presidents’ Councils:

  • Comprised of PA/PTA Presidents from each high school in the borough.
  • Advises and receives information from superintendent, obtains District Comprehensive Ed Plan, and assists high school PA/PTAs.
  • Composed of a the Community and High School Superintendents, the Presidents’ Council, the Chair of District Title 1 Parent Advisory Council, and representatives from the UFT, CSA, and DC-37.
  • Roles include developing the District Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) and supporting School Leadership Teams.
  • Composed of 9 parents selected by PA/PTA officers and 2 members appointed by the Borough President.
  • Roles include approving school zones, evaluating and meeting with the superintendent, promoting achievement of educational standards and objectives, holding hearings on capital plans, and advising the Chancellor and PEP.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th, with orientation held on June 24th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.

There are two types of district-wide Presidents’ Councils:

District Presidents’ Councils:

  • Comprised of PA/PTA Presidents from each school in the district.
  • Reviews District Comprehensive Education Plan (DCEP) and supports PA/PTAs.

Borough High School Presidents’ Councils:

  • Comprised of PA/PTA Presidents from each high school in the borough.
  • Advises and receives information from superintendent, obtains District Comprehensive Ed Plan, and assists high school PA/PTAs.
  • Composed of a the Community and High School Superintendents, the Presidents’ Council, the Chair of District Title 1 Parent Advisory Council, and representatives from the UFT, CSA, and DC-37.
  • Roles include developing the District Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) and supporting School Leadership Teams.
  • Composed of 9 parents selected by PA/PTA officers and 2 members appointed by the Borough President.
  • Roles include approving school zones, evaluating and meeting with the superintendent, promoting achievement of educational standards and objectives, holding hearings on capital plans, and advising the Chancellor and PEP.
  • Apply here from February 9th until March 5th. Election results will be posted on May 15th, with orientation held on June 24th. New members will serve terms from July 1st, 2017 until June 30th, 2019.

SCHOOL LEVEL

  • All parents and guardians of a student can join their school’s PA/PTA. If the school’s PA votes to include staff in the association (making it a PTA), then any staff member of the school may also join.
  • The PA/PTA helps convey school information to parents and meets regularly with the principal and district or high school superintendent.
  • Comprised of the school’s Principal, PA/PTA President, UFT Chapter Leader, additional staff, parents, or community-based organization members, and students (2 required in high schools). There must be an equal number of staff and parents, and 10-17 members total.
  • SLTs develop a Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), consult with their principal on budged developed for the CEP, and consult on other issues selected by the principal or assistant principal.
  • Comprised of Title 1 parents (in a Schoolwide Program School, a subcommittee of the PA/PTA can perform as the Title 1 Parent Advisory Council).
  • Roles include jointly developing Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact with SLT, and advising SLT in use of Title 1 funds to support parent involvement.
  • On the district level, Title 1 parents from each school in a district form the District Title 1 Parent Advisory Council to help develop District Parent Involvement Policy and to inform and support school-level Title 1 Parent Advisory Councils.
  • All parents and guardians of a student can join their school’s PA/PTA. If the school’s PA votes to include staff in the association (making it a PTA), then any staff member of the school may also join.
  • The PA/PTA helps convey school information to parents and meets regularly with the principal and district or high school superintendent.
  • Comprised of the school’s Principal, PA/PTA President, UFT Chapter Leader, additional staff, parents, or community-based organization members, and students (2 required in high schools). There must be an equal number of staff and parents, and 10-17 members total.
  • SLTs develop a Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), consult with their principal on budged developed for the CEP, and consult on other issues selected by the principal or assistant principal.
  • Comprised of Title 1 parents (in a Schoolwide Program School, a subcommittee of the PA/PTA can perform as the Title 1 Parent Advisory Council).
  • Roles include jointly developing Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact with SLT, and advising SLT in use of Title 1 funds to support parent involvement.
  • On the district level, Title 1 parents from each school in a district form the District Title 1 Parent Advisory Council to help develop District Parent Involvement Policy and to inform and support school-level Title 1 Parent Advisory Councils.