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.
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: PS/IS 104, PS112, PS176, PS185, IS187, IS201, IS259, PS264, and PS682. In addition, we have children attending New Utrecht High School and Fort Hamilton High School.
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.