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  • VACANCY - Citywide Council on Special Education Representative on the Citywide Council on High Schools

    The Citywide Council on Special Education has an opening for a CCSE Representative on the Citywide Council on High Schools.  The member will be a voting member of the CCHS.  If you are interested and meet the requirements (see attached resolution), please 



    BY EMAIL: CCECinfo@schools.nyc.gov and CCSE@schools.nyc.gov 


    Application Deadline October 14, 2022 (5:00 pm) 


    "NY State Education Law Sec. 2590(b) 6 (a) (ii) states that the Citywide Council on Special Education shall appoint one voting member to the Citywide Council on High Schools who shall be a parent of a high school student receiving special education services." 

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Summer Rising Survey

    If you have a child in the Summer Rising program and would like to share your thoughts on the program with the Department of Education, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. 




    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks Introduce New Public School Superintendents

    Hired with an unprecedented amount of family and community involvement, 45 superintendents begin on July 1
    NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today introduced 45 new and returning New York City public schools district superintendents, who represent a diverse cross-section of experience in public schools and a commitment to putting students and families at the core of our city’s schools.
    “For the first time, the process of selecting district superintendents has involved constant input from parents, giving them the opportunity to hear from candidates, ask questions, and provide feedback on who should be the superintendent for their community,” said Mayor Adams. "These superintendents are committed to the communities they serve: To children, their parents, and families and teachers. From the start, we vowed to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New York City families and this is just the beginning. We have much more in store for our children and families to transform our education system and deliver the best results for our young New Yorkers who depend on us.”
    “It is my honor to introduce today the educational leaders on my team that will work every day to reimagine our public schools,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “We promised our students bold action and each of these leaders is prepared to step into this newly reimagined role of superintendent to deliver on that promise. For families and community partners, each of these leaders understands that they will be held accountable for partnering with you to meet the needs of your community and improve the school experience of our students.”
    Superintendents begin on July 1st and they are tasked with implementing Chancellor Banks’s ‘Bold Vision for Transforming and Building Trust in New York City Public Schools.’ Under this vision, the role of superintendent will now be responsible for improving outcomes for students and reimagining their learning experiences, leading the implementation of high-quality curriculum, supervising district-based staff, supporting teacher training district-wide, and developing the next generation of school leaders.
    Significantly, superintendents will be responsible for making sure each school is welcoming and responsive to all members of their community. For families, that means the superintendent is responsible for ensuring students are fully supported – for example, that communications go home in families’ home languages, issues with transportation are addressed, services for students with disabilities and multilingual learners are in place, counseling is available when needed, and student attendance is robust. For community members, superintendents will cultivate relationships with parent groups, councils, elected officials, advocacy groups, unions, the business community, and community organizations to ensure that the whole district is supporting its local schools.
    Every superintendent will engage in a ‘Listening & Learning Tour’ over the summer to connect with students, parents, school leaders, educators, and local community members and to listen to their recommendations for improving schools. Additionally, they will build out their school support teams and guide the creation of District Comprehensive Education Plans. Their primary goal is ensuring every school is prepared and supported for a strong start to the 2022-23 school year.
    "The role of a superintendent comes with a tremendous responsibility to our students and families, from improving student outcomes to providing support where families need it most, said Deputy Chancellor for School Leadership Desmond Blackburn. “I am thrilled to work alongside this class of incredible leaders as we engage with our communities, build out our plans for the upcoming school year, and most importantly — transform what it means to be a superintendent."
    Like the students they serve, our superintendents come from diverse backgrounds, and all have deep experience in our schools and communities. All 45 superintendents are current or former New York City public school educators, and their previous roles and experience include principals, deputy superintendents, and current superintendents.
    Every superintendent position underwent an open hiring process – allowing current superintendents to apply alongside both internal and external candidates. For the first time, this process included community town halls where families heard from finalists, were able to ask questions, and provided feedback. Following the public town halls, the CECs and Presidents’ Councils, as well as a representative of the UFT, a representative of the CSA, and a representative of DC 37, engaged in the Chancellor’s Regulation C-37 consultation process. Deputy Chancellor of School Leadership Desmond K. Blackburn led the superintendent hiring process and Chancellor Banks made the final hiring decisions after incorporating the feedback of parents, union partners, and community members, and considering the needs of each district
    Congratulations to Dr. Pretto for being chosen to continue representing District 20 students and their families!
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Institute for Staff and Families of English Language Learners

    The Division of Multilingual Learners (DML), in collaboration with DOE partners and Community-Based Organizations, is offering a series of virtual workshops for parents of English Language Learners and school-based staff, called Equip.Learn.Launch Institute, starting April 26, 2022.
    This is a citywide effort to offer professional learning to our ELL families and family-facing staff. Each session will be in interpreted in three-languages and CTLE credits will be available to teachers.
    CEC ELL Parent Representatives, CCELL members and teachers that attend 5 or more sessions will be invited to an end-of-year celebration at the Microsoft Experience Center in July.
    An announcement highlighting this series will run in the  April 26th edition of Principals Digest.
    Please feel free to share the attached flyer with families, teachers, community members, citywide councils, parent coordinators, and school staff. To register for the sessions, please click here. 
    If you have any questions you can email Lisa Pineda at lpineda@schools.nyc.gov 
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • 5th annual STEAM EXPOSITION

    Please take a look at this link to the 2022 District 20 STEAM Expo which Deputy Superintendent Joe O'Brien capably oversaw and brought to fruition. 
    It's a very impressive example of the great work being done in our District. 
    Community Education Council of District 20
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About District 20

District 20 is the southwest section of Brooklyn, spanning from the Verrazano bridge to Borough Park and the southern section of  Sunset Park.  Neighborhoods include Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, and Bensonhurst, along with the Fort Hamilton Army Base.



What are CECs?

The Community Education Councils were created in 2004 after the school boards were dismantled.
Throughout the city, there are 32 school districts.  Each school district has a CEC.  Each CEC oversees the elementary and junior high schools within their district. Parents serve a two year term on 36 Councils throughout the city, including the 32 Community Education Councils and the 4 Citywide Councils.

CECs are made up of:

9 parents-selected by the district's PTA/PAs
2 Borough President Appointees
1 High School Senior

CEC members represent the parents in their district. The CEC is the voice of all the district parents. Parents are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings to learn what is going on and also to voice their concerns and issues.  Members also visit the district schools and attend their PTA/PA meetings, as well as their School Leadership Team meetings.  The CECs participate in shaping educational policies in their districts. Their responsibilities include approving school zoning lines, holding hearings on the capital plan, and providing input on other important policy issues. Each CEC has nine members who are parents of students currently in grades K-8 in district schools.

For District 20, the parent CEC members have children in the district's public school system.  On CEC20, our members' children attend: PS102, PS/IS 104, PS112,PS127, PS176,  PS185, IS187, IS201,  IS259, PS503, and PS682.  

Citywide Councils:

There are 4 citywide councils: the CCHS (Citywide Council on High Schools) oversees all the high schools, the CCSE (Citywide Council on Special Education) oversees Special Education., the CCELL (Citywide Council on English Language Learners) and the District 75 Council.

Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)

The CCHS advises and comments on educational or instructional policy involving students attending public high schools. There are ten elected members on the Citywide Council on High Schools, two from each borough. Each member must be the parent of a student currently attending public high school.

Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

The CCELL advises and comments on policy involving bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on English Language Learners. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving bilingual or ESL services.

Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)

The CCSE advises and comments on services for students with disabilities. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on Special Education. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving special education services.District 75 Citywide Council (D75 Council)The Council advises and comments on educational policies that affect students with disabilities who attend D75 schools. There are nine elected members on the D75 Council. Each member must be the parent of a student currently enrolled in a D75 program. 

District 75 Council

District 75 provides highly specialized instructional support for students with significant challenges, such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Significant cognitive delays
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sensory impairments
  • Multiple disabilities

Contact Us

Address: 415 89th Street, Room 410, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Phone: 718-759-3921

Email: cec20@schools.nyc.gov

You can also email Superintendent David Pretto at: dpretto@schools.nyc.gov