Each school district is supported by a Community Education Council, a team of mostly parent volunteers who are selected by local PTAs to hear the concerns of district families and transform how schools work for their communities. The Community Education Councils do much of the work once handled by local school boards. CEC members serve a two year term, and Councils meet monthly to look at issues affecting local schools, including possible zoning changes, school co-locations, capital improvements to school facilities, and equity and access for all. Any parent or guardian of a student in a District 15 elementary or middle school may apply to run for a CEC seat. Applications are open now, and are due by March 6. Candidates speak at a public forums and parents can listen and give feedback to their PTA President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary, (who will each have two votes to cast) about the strength of the nominees. Selection/voting occurs in May.
The Superintendent works closely with the CEC and presents at monthly meetings. All parents are encouraged to attend. Once a year, each CEC hosts the Schools Chancellor for a Town Hall Meeting. The CEC often meets with local elected officials on school issues.
Learn more or apply here.
There are also citywide councils focused on Special Education, English Language Learners, and High Schools.
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