Brooklyn’s Community Education Councils (CEC) are still holding meetings— even though they technically are extinct.
“It’s very awkward,” said James Dandridge, who served as the president of the CEC in District 18, covering East Flatbush and Canarsie.
The group recently held its July meeting, during which members would have voted for a new executive board.
But the expiration of mayoral control also put an end to CECs. School boards are back in power but the law says they can’t elect members until May 2010. That leaves parents without any official advocacy group.
Inasmuch, District 18 CEC’s recent meeting served as an informal information session to discuss local school issues.
“We introduced the new members that had been elected and gave them a briefing on what’s taking place,” Dandridge said.
The city Education Department hopes the state Senate will soon vote on a new law reauthorizing mayoral control, thereby also bringing back CECs.
In the meantime, schools Chancellor Joel Klein has told CECs to continue as usual.
“We received a memo from Klein and he told all of us that we should just act as if the CECs do exist and we should just go ahead and have our elections. That’s what I’m going to do,” said Yoketing Eng, president of the CEC in District 21, which includes Coney Island and Bensonhurst.
“Being as the CECs don’t exist, we’re basically just operating as concerned parents in the community,” Dandridge said.
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