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File #: Res 1028-2011    Version: * Name: Chancellor of the NYC Dept of Education to amend Chancellor’s Regulation A-655.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 9/21/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to amend Chancellor’s Regulation A-655, regarding mandatory members of School Leadership Teams (SLT), to include one parent of a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Sponsors: Elizabeth S. Crowley, Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, James F. Gennaro, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Deborah L. Rose, James Vacca, Jumaane D. Williams, Michael C. Nelson, Daniel J. Halloran III, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/21/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/21/2011*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1028
 
 
Resolution calling on the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to amend Chancellor's Regulation A-655, regarding mandatory members of School Leadership Teams (SLT), to include one parent of a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
 
 
By Council Members Crowley, Barron, Chin, Gennaro, James, Koppell, Lander, Mendez, Recchia, Rose, Vacca, Williams, Nelson, Halloran and Ulrich
 
      Whereas, The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in nearly 1,700 schools; and
      Whereas, The DOE is led by the New York City Schools Chancellor, who promulgates rules and regulations called the Chancellor's Regulations; and
      Whereas, The Chancellor's Regulations address a wide range of policies and are categorized into four Volumes; and
      Whereas, Volume A addresses student-related issues, from admissions to promotion, Volume B addresses school-based budgeting, Volume C addresses employee issues, from hiring to termination, and Volume D addresses parent and community involvement; and
      Whereas, Currently, Chancellor's Regulation A-655 requires the establishment of School Leadership Teams (SLTs) in every New York City public school, which, according to the DOE, are a "vehicle for developing school-based educational policies and ensuring that resources are aligned to implement those policies;" and
      Whereas, Chancellor's Regulation A-655 further states that the SLTs should have a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 17 members; and
      Whereas, SLT membership must include the school's principal, the Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association (PA/PTA) President and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter Leader, or their designees; and
      Whereas, In addition to those mandatory members, the SLTs must also include other parents from the school and school staff (pedagogic and/or non-pedagogic) in equal numbers; and
      Whereas, Currently, there is no requirement that one of the parents on the SLT be the parent of a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP); and
      Whereas, The IEP is a written document that is developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education and sets forth recommended goals and services designed to meet the student's educational needs; and
      Whereas, The DOE recognized the importance of including the parent of a student with an IEP when creating educational policy in Chancellor's Regulation D-140,  which mandates that each Community Education  Council have at least one member who is a parent of a student with an IEP; and      
      Whereas, Parents of children with IEPs would be an asset to the SLT because they often have a unique perspective and experience of the school's performance and needs and are an important voice in the school community; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to amend Chancellor's Regulation A-655, regarding mandatory members of School Leadership Teams (SLT), to include one parent of a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
      
 
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