District 2 anti-test protests

Principals at 24 District 2 schools signed a letter inviting parents and community members to join protests against the 2014 ELA tests at individual schools. In a letter to parents, signed by 24 principals, the principals criticized the tests saying exams were not...well-aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards; the questions are poorly constructed and often ambiguous; the tests themselves are embargoed and only a handful of select questions will be released next year; teachers are not permitted to use (or even discuss) the questions or the results to inform their teaching; students and families receive little or no specific feedback; this year, there were product placements (i.e., Nike, Barbie) woven through some exams." Parents should check with their school as to whether they will host a protest. The letter was signed by: Adele Schroeter, PS59; Lisa Ripperger, PS234; Robert Bender, PS11; Tara Napoleoni, PS183; Jane Hsu, PS116; Sharon Hill, PS290; Amy Hom, PS1; Lauren Fontana, PS6; Jennifer Bonnet, PS150; Nicole Ziccardi Yerk, PS281; Susan Felder, PS40; Alice Hom, PS124; Nancy Harris, PS397; Kelly Shannon, PS41; Nancy Sing-Bok, PS51; Lisa Siegman, PS3; Irma Medina, PS111; Terry Ruyter, PS276; Medea McEvoy, PS267; Darryl Alhadeff, PS158; Samantha Kaplan, PS151; David Bowell, PS347; Lily Woo, PS130; Jacqui Getz, PS126; Kelly McGuire, Lower Manhattan Community MS.

At Location in Description from 11/Apr to 11/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary,Middle


CEC 5 Public Meeting

At Location in Description from 10/Apr to 10/Apr Hosted by Lisa KinseyGeneral


Rally to "save public education"

The CEC/Citywide Working Group, a coalition of District and Citywide Education Councils, along with numerous other public school parent and pro-public education groups, is convening a rally in the face of provisions in last week’s state budget which promote the pitting of parents against parents. This mandate from Albany forces NYC to: · Offer public school building space to all new charter schools that request it; · Pay rent for space for charter schools if we cannot find a suitable public school space; · Accommodate expansion of already co-located charter schools; · Give authority for charter schools to consent or appeal spaces offered to them; and · Increase per pupil funding for charter school students while the Campaign for Fiscal Equity money was eliminated. · Give any currently co-located charter school or any approved for co-location during the last months of the Bloomberg administration veto rights to any proposed change in space utilization; · Allow any charter school to appeal the city’s decision on space allocation to the State Commissioner, who is a former charter school director; · Increase per pupil funding for charter school students while the promised funds for our public schools from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit have never been fulfilled. These provisions represent a huge unfunded mandate to NYC, and will create a two-tiered education system that favors charter schools while reducing resources and causing more overcrowding in our already critically overcrowded public schools. We ask that you mobilize your parents, your students, your community members to attend this historic rally. Please contact us with any questions or information as soon as possible at Like “Save NYC Public Education” on Facebook (

At Location in Description from 10/Apr to 10/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary,Middle,High School


No school for pre-kindergarten

No school for pre-k students because teachers have a professional development day.

At Location in Description from 10/Apr to 10/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary


Youth, Education and Libraries Committee Meeting

The Youth, Education & Libraries Committee of Manhattan Community Board 9 is a coalition of Community Board members and community stake-holders throughout West Harlem who facilitate the development, provision, and strengthening of educational and youth-development services, programs, and activities within our community. Topics of this public meeting will include: 1. Teachers College Community School; 2. Charter Schools; and 3. Youth Resource Expo.

At Location in Description from 09/Apr to 09/Apr Hosted by Lisa KinseyGeneral


CEC3 Business & Calendar Meeting

Agenda items include: 1) District 3 planning discussion; 2) Superintendent's Report; 3) President's report on Beacon, PS 166 school yard, and events with the Mayor/Chancellor; and 4) Council business including FDA/Success Charter space issue, Save Public Education Rally, and the City Council Hearing on Charter Management Oversight Report. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment portion of the calendar meeting must sign up on the Speaker's Sheet on the front table by 7:30.

At Location in Description from 09/Apr to 09/Apr Hosted by DJ SheppardGeneral


Public Meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy

The public meeting of the PEP will include an update from the chancellor, a vote on an amendment to Chancellor’s Regulation, a vote on proposals for significant changes in school utilization, a vote on contracts, and time for general public comment. Sign up for public comment from 5:30-6:30pm at the door. Each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak during the public comment portions of the meeting. Interpretation services will be provided in Spanish; interpretation services for other languages will be provided upon request. American Sign Language will be provided through reservation only: (212) 374-5472 or Additionally, panel meetings will now be live-streamed over the Internet. To access this service, please register here:

At Location in Description from 09/Apr to 09/Apr Hosted by General


Citywide Council on High School Meeting

Agenda items include: 1) Update on the curricular resources available from the city and state for High School ELA and Math and 2) Supporting College and Career Readiness for All Students. The public may address the Council during the Public Comment portion of the calendar meeting. Please sign up by 7:30 pm if you wish to speak.

At Location in Description from 09/Apr to 09/Apr Hosted by S. Mei ChanGeneral,High School


Ravitch "Reign of Error" discussion w/ Mike Petrilli

Diane Ravitch's "Reign of Error": A Discussion and Celebration, sponsored by NYU's Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Teaching and Learning and Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. In her most recent book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools," Diane Ravitch criticizes charter schools and other contemporary reforms for eroding our best educational traditions. Ravitch, Research Professor at Steinhardt, will engage in an hour-long discussion with Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, which has been a leading supporter of many of the trends that Ravitch deplores. At 4:30 there will be a book-signing and reception in Professor Ravitch's honor. To RSVP for this event please complete this form:

At Location in Description from 09/Apr to 09/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary,Middle,High School



The Parents of Accelerated Learners of New York City [PALNYC] along with the Center for Mathematical Talent [CMT] at NYU's Courant Institute present BEYOND FLASHCARDS: Logic. The driving force of mathematics is logic. In this FREE math workshop, Sian Zelbo and Mark Saul of CMT will discuss the connection between logic and mathematics, and give examples of logic games and activities for children that will encourage mathematical thinking. Location & Details: Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm This workshop will take place at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca at 120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and West St, across from Whole Foods Market. Beyond Flashcards is a FREE 4-Part math workshop series that is ideally suited for parents, teachers, counselors and caregivers of upper elementary school students and is intended for adults only. This session is hands-on, therefore space is limited. Register now at to join the conversation. For questions, call 212.343.8881

At Location in Description from 08/Apr to 08/Apr Hosted by Angelique LeDoux


CEC 11 Town Hall w/Chancellor

Chancellor Carmen Fariña attends Town Hall Meeting of District 11’s Community Education Council.

At Location in Description from 08/Apr to 08/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary


POSTPONED: Education Committee hearing on Charter School Management and Accountability

THE MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER IN THE MONTH. The City Council’s Education Committee, chaired by Council Member Daniel Dromm, will hold an oversight hearing, “Charter School Management and Accountability.” We invite members of Community Education Councils, parents, students, educators, advocates, and all other stakeholders and interested members of the public to testify at this hearing. Testimony will be limited to 2-3 minutes per person to allow as many as possible to testify. Although the hearing starts at 10:00 am, the Administration (Department of Education), as well as other witnesses (such as elected officials) have been invited to testify and answer questions from Council Members at the outset, so we do not expect to hear from others until sometime after 12:00 pm. Please make sure you fill out a witness slip on the desk of the Sergeant-at-arms if you wish to testify. If you plan to bring written testimony, please bring at least 20 copies. If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to submit written testimony, please email your testimony to

At Location in Description from 08/Apr to 08/Apr Hosted by Jan AtwellGeneral,Elementary,Middle,High School


Harlem parents rally against co-location

Parents and teachers from the Mickey Mantle school PS 811 and PS 149 in Harlem, will protest Governor Cuomo for "strong-arming a damaging co-location with Success Academy that will severely impact 109 special needs children. Affected parents and teachers will detail the imminent loss of vital programs and services, resulting from a forced co-location previously rejected by Mayor de Blasio's administration, but pushed forward by Governor Cuomo during state budget talks." - Participants will be tweeting using #SavePS811-

At Location in Description from 08/Apr to 08/Apr Hosted by General,Elementary,Middle,High School


Parent forum on citywide G&T

PACE (the Parents' Alliance for Citywide Education) will hold its 3rd Annual Spring Parents' Forum providing information about New York City's Citywide gifted & talented (G & T) elementary schools, to be titled “The Parents' Perspective on Citywide G&T Education.” Robin Aronow, Ph.D, an independent consultant and founder of School Search NYC, will moderate the event. Principal Matthew Willard of the citywide G&T school in Queens will speak as will a member of the DOE's enrollment office. Admission is free and open to the public. Parent representatives from each of the five Citywide G & T elementary schools will be present at the forum. Current parents of Citywide G & T elementary students will share the unique aspects and challenges of their schools in the format of a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session. This event is created solely by parents of children at Citywide G &T elementary schools. It is not officially sponsored by any of the Citywide schools nor by the DOE.

At Location in Description from 07/Apr to 07/Apr Hosted by Katie SperlingGeneral,Elementary


CEC18 Business & Calendar Meeting

Guest speakers will include: Officer Shaun Carter, who will talk about gang awareness, and Khari Edwards, VP of External Affairs of the Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center, who will discuss basic CPR and first aid training for middle school students. Beverly A. Wilkins will present the District 18 Schools Report. Ivie Bien Aime will present the District Family Advocate's Report, and Angela DeFilippis, Principal of MS 763 (co-located at PS 244) will also present. Light refreshments will be served.

At Location in Description from 07/Apr to 07/Apr Hosted by Ann Browne-CaesarGeneral


Public Meeting of the Contracts Committee of the Panel for Educational Policy

Members of the public are invited to attend this public meeting. The meeting will also be live-streamed over the Internet. To access this service, please register here:

At Location in Description from 07/Apr to 07/Apr Hosted by General


Youth and Parent Resource Fair

The Youth Advisory Council of the Bedford Stuyvesant YES (Youth, Education and Safety) Task Force, in partnership with Bridge Street Development Corporation, will host its annual “Youth and Parent Resource Fair for young people between the ages of 4–18 years old. The theme this year is “What Time Is It? Summertime! It’s Time to Prepare for Summer” The Youth and Parent Resource Fair will offer young people and their families from the Bedford Stuyvesant community, access to information from community based organizations that will help them in explore personal interests, locate summer/youth employment; provide information about summer programs, internships and/or educational programs. This will be a fun event with raffles, great prizes, games, dance contests and live performances.

At Location in Description from 05/Apr to 05/Apr Hosted by Oma Holloway General


Citywide Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES

Learn about special education - Share your experience - Connect with families and experts Join us for a day of learning and community building at the New York City Department of Education's Conference for Families of Students with disABILITIES. Families will have the opportunity to attend workshops, speak with experts, participate in a resource fair with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and meet families from across the five boroughs! Event Details: Families must register here to attend:

At Location in Description from 05/Apr to 05/Apr Hosted by General


Test protest at PS 321

The teachers and administration at PS 321 are truly devastated by what a terrible test the ELA was and how little it will tell us about our students. Because we are bound by test security, we cannot reveal details, but we can tell you that we have never seen an ELA exam that does a worse job of testing reading comprehension. There was inappropriate content, many highly ambiguous questions, and a focus on structure rather than meaning of passages. Our teachers and administrators feel that this test is an insult to the profession of teaching and that students’ scores on it will not correlate with their reading ability. Because of this, the staff has decided to hold a protest outside of school. Parents are invited to join the staff before you go into classrooms for Family Friday.

At Location in Description from 04/Apr to 04/Apr Hosted by Lori ChajetGeneral,Elementary,Middle