Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Attention Queens Public School Parents: Deadline to Run for CEC is Tomorrow

Only 24 Hours Left for Public School Parents to Register to Represent Their Kids, Community

Queens public school parents, your kids need you now! Midnight, March 19th, is the deadline for public school parents to register to represent their children and local school district on NYC’s Community and Citywide Education Councils (CECs). Although many parents have applied to run for a CEC seat, there are still District schools that have yet to put forward candidates, including those in Queens neighborhoods.

CECs were formed in 2003 to replace the City’s school boards. CEC members advise the Department of Education on issues impacting parents and schools like instructional programs and zoning.

“You can register online to be a CEC candidate for your District in a matter of minutes at,” explained Jeff S. Merritt, Founder and President of Grassroots Initiative, the New York City-based nonprofit organization partnering with the Department of Education to recruit and assist CEC candidates.

Parents who have any questions about applying to run for a CEC seat are encouraged to call the election’s toll-free help line immediately: 1-877-NYC-VOTE and to look at the website to get answers to frequently-asked questions.

For more information about the elections or how to run for the CEC, log on to or call 1-877-NYC-VOTE.