TheParent Commissionis a group of parent leaders, from every borough of New York City, representing the ethnic, linguistic, racial and economic diversity of our school communities. A summary of our proposals is here:
Our full report is here:
We came together in Spring 2008 to craft -- through a democratic, consensus building process -- recommendations to the New York State Legislature for reconstituting the governance of the New York City Public School System when the current law granting mayoral control sunsets in June 2009.
The Parent Commission proposes changes in the current governance system, to provide the necessary accountability and checks & balances, a more meaningful role for school districts, stronger parental input, and a better management structure and representation for special education students. Finally, we recommend that a commission be convened to draft a constitution for the NYC public school system.
Each of these changes will help lead to fundamental improvements in our public school system and better outcomes for our children. After having our voice excluded from decision-making for the last seven years, we see the need for a new system that provides a real partnership between parents and the Mayor, rather than the autocracy that currently exists.