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Will new DOE structure mean fewer runarounds for parents? - Read Full Article

Don't expect miracles anytime soon, but the new organization of schools announced by schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Thursday may spell the beginning of the end to one of parents' most frustrating dilemmas: what to do when you can't get a problem resolved at your school.

Under Mayor Mike Bloomberg's organization of the school system, if your principal couldn't—or wouldn't—fix a problem, you were pretty much out of luck. Principals were "empowered," which means they didn't have supervisors. They only had coaches, called network leaders. If you called the network leader, you'd be told the network works for the principal, not the other way around. If you called your community school district or high school superintendent, you'd be told the superintendent has no authority. If you called your elected official, same story. If you called 311, your complaint would go back to the principal.

So let's say your child wasn't getting special education services, or the playground equipment at your school was dangerous, or the school safety agents were too aggressive with your child. Short of calling the chancellor directly, there wasn't much you could do.

Now, starting in July, there will be a clear chain of command. Fariña is giving superintendents the responsibility and the authority to fix problems parents bring to them. Principals will still have plenty of power—they will still be able to hire their own teachers and handle their own budgets. But for the first time since 2007, when the networks were created, principals will answer to superintendents.

Will this solve all of parents' issues? Naturally, it will depend on the competence and ability of the superintendents. There are tons of details to be worked out and lots of questions to be answered. But at least when parents call the superintendent, they will be talking to someone who has the authority to do something.

Don't blame the Common Core - Read Full Article

Don't blame the Common Core

If the Common Core were a person, I think we could be friends. I’d call her CeeCee and take her out for a drink. She needs it. I imagine CeeCee sobbing on my shoulder, saying something like, “I’m just trying to give all our kids a fair shot. Really I am!” Poor CeeCee. She means well and I think she got a lot more right than anyone is willing to admit, but we’re all just having too much fun hating on her.

It’s all the rage to bash Common Core these days. People see the standards, not as a well-meaning mom like I do, but as a thug with a gun in a dark alley shouting, “Make those kids read developmentally inappropriate texts or you’ll be sorry!” A Siena poll cited by Capital New York in mid-January found that 49 percent of New Yorkers statewide think Common Core implementation should be stopped. Not amended, just stopped. I’m left wondering how many of those voters can actually explain what Common Core is.

In New York City, the standards have become a convenient scapegoat for an education system plagued by big problems. Drastic economic inequality, uneven teaching and mass confusion about pretty much any directive handed down by the Department of Education all serve to create a broken education system. Common Core was intended as a long-term, partial solution to schools that vary widely in quality. If all kids are held to the same grade-by-grade expectations, the logic goes, we’ll be five steps closer to making sure all kids who receive a NYC education receive not just a comparable one, but also a great one.

It’s a big goal and not so easy to reach. But the standards could be game-changing if we get them right. Pre-schoolers are urged to play and explore to foster deep-thinking and problem-solving skills. Older kids are now finding more crossover between their subjects and are developing more technical reading skills to supplement fiction and poetry. (No, the Common Core does not mandate only nonfiction as some overzealous schools and parents have accused). The list goes on. At its heart, CeeCee blends all the best practices of progressive, child-led philosophies and traditional classrooms that emphasize strong skill sets.

For the record, I agree with many of Common Core’s detractors. Yes, implementation has been shoddy. There should have been a longer trial period to iron out many of the kinks and problems in Common Core–inspired curricula that unfortunately our kids and teachers have to work out for themselves in the classroom. Teachers obviously need much more guidance (and leeway), and the hastiness with which Common Core–based curricula and exams were hoisted upon our kids and teachers was not just unnecessary, it was cruel.

But to those 49 percent of New Yorkers who say Common Core needs to be sacked entirely, before we’ve even had a chance to get it right, I say, “Whoa, slow down and take a minute to let the ink dry.”

I’m bothered by the ease with which some educators like to blame Common Core for decisions they make in the classroom. And I’m equally bothered by the ease with which many parents blindly accept it. I realize that testing is on everyone’s minds and the stakes for schools and teachers are high. But when I see 4-year-olds filling out cookie-cutter worksheets or emerging readers being given complex word problems they can’t understand (more on this soon) all misguidedly in the name of “Common Core,” I have to ask: Is Common Core really to blame or is it the hyper-literal, thoughtless way some curriculum-providers and educators interpret the standards?

Yes, opening night was a little rocky, but CeeCee just set the stage. It's up to the rest of us to take this show on the road.

New FAFSA guide for students (& adults who help them!) - Read Full Article

New FAFSA guide for students (& adults who help them!)

Filling out the FAFSA form is the first step for most students seeking financial support to go to college. But the form can be complicated and intimidating, particularly for students who are new to the country or the first in their family to go to college. To help, the Center for New York City Affairs, home of Insideschools.org, has released a third edition of its popular book: FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them).

The guide is easy to read and answers many common questions from students and families. It is a great teaching tool for guidance counsellors, college access professionals and anyone seeking to help students and families fill out the often confusing and complicated FAFSA form. The guide also contains helpful tips on working with college financial aid offices and comparing aid packages. New this year: updated information for undocumented students.

To download or share, please go to the Center's website at www.understandingFAFSA.org.

To order free print copies of the guide for students, families or colleagues, please click here.

On Feb. 2 the Center, along with the city's Department of Education, is sponsoring a free day-long free conference, "FAFSA, Financial Aid & Funding Your Students' College Education." Click here for more details.

School Book

Teachers Union Showcases Community Schools Model in Manhattan - Read Full Article

Union leaders want people to see what a good community school looks like, now that Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to expand the program to 94 struggling schools.

NYC Schools Chancellor Announces
New School Support Structure

Click here for full report


Ribbon Cutting for New Media Center
at P.S. 191 The Museum Magnet School
PS 191, The Museum Magnet School (MMS), held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MMS Media Center on Friday January 16 at this District 3 school located on West 61st Street.  This media center - the only one of its kind in Manhattan - was made possible through public funding secured by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.  The MMS Media Center is a state-of-the-art multi-media center that will incorporate media and media studies into curriculum and will be used by all students in this PreK-8 school.  This morning's ceremony included music and dance performances by MMS students and remarks by MMS Principal Lauren Keville and Borough President Gale Brewer.  Brewer was assisted by MMS students in cutting the ribbon to officially open the center.  New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and CEC3 President Joe Fiordaliso joined in the ceremony as well.  CEC3 is proud to hold up MMS as a shining example of the wonderful schools in District 3.

You are invited to learn more about the 2015 Education Council Elections
Monday January 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  
This interactive session will be held at Tweed Courthouse,
52 Chambers Street, Manhattan 10007
and will include a Q&A session with current and former council members.

Register Here


Taft Educational Campus

240 East 172nd Street
Bronx, NY 10457
Thursday January 29, 2015
6:00 PM

In accordance with City Council legislation, Panel meetings will now be live-streamed over the Internet. To access this service, please register here. Registration will remain open until the meeting’s adjournment.  A recording and transcript will be posted to the Panel website following the meeting.

Please be aware that if you choose to attend this meeting, your image or voice, or the image or voice of your child, may appear in the live-stream footage, or in the recording that will be posted to the Panel website.


Regular Public Meeting

A.    Chancellor’s Update

B.     Approval of Proposals for Significant Changes in School Utilization (see here)

The Panel will vote on the attached list of proposals for significant changes in school utilization. Public comment on proposals being considered by the Panel will take place before the Panel votes.

C.    Approval of Contracts (see here)

The Panel will vote on the attached list of contracts. Public comment on contracts being considered by the Panel will take place before the Panel votes.

D.    General Public Comment

Sign Up For Public Comment

Speaker sign-up for agenda items B - D will begin at 5:30PM at the door and will close promptly at 6:30PM. Speakers may only sign themselves up for public comment, and only those who signed up will be permitted to speak during the appropriate public comment period(s). Each speaker will be allowed two minutes to speak during the public comment period(s) for which they signed up.

Interpretation Services

Interpretation services will be provided in Spanish; interpretation services for other languages will be provided upon request. American Sign Language will be provided through reservation only: (212) 374-5472 or panel@schools.nyc.gov.


Contact for agenda items: (212) 374-5472 / 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Become a Council Member

NYC’s Education Councils are constituted every two years (in odd years) according to rules set by state law. The three mandatory officers (president, treasurer, recording secretary) of PA/PTAs vote for the parent members as part of the state-mandated selection process. There are also members who are appointed by the Borough Presidents and the Public Advocate. The selected candidates and appointed members then serve a two-year term than begins on July 1st of the selection year.

The 2015 CEC Selection Process

The 2015 Selection Process has begun with an opening announcement made by the Chancellor on January 8th, 2015. The official press release can be downloaded here.

Candidate applications will be available on a dedicated website beginning on February 11, 2015. The application window will remain open until March 11th, 2015. Candidate Forums will be held in each district and for each of the citywide councils beginning March 18th and lasting until April 18th. Voting by Selectors begins April 19th and concludes on May 8th (not including run-offs).

For more details on the 2015 Selection Process, please visit www.nycparentleaders.org  

For a brief description of Education Councils and a short FAQ download our two page fact sheet.

If you are interested in running for an Education Council, you should  speak with current council members and attend council meetings to familiarize yourself with what your council does.

Currently Available Council Seats

Occasionally, councils have vacant seats through member resignations; filling those seats is very important for councils to be able to function at the highest level. Should you find that your council has a vacancy, you may consider applying to fill the unexpired term.

Look at the list of current members and contact your council to learn about vacancies.

Applying to Fill a Council Vacancy

Procedures for filling vacancies are largely up to the councils, but must include consultation with the parent constituencies. 
Download and complete an application.

Please note: FACE reviews applications for eligibility, but all inquiries as to vacancies or the appointment process should be directed to the relevant Borough President's office or the Public Advocate. 

All Education Councils include a non-voting student member, who must be a high school senior and serves for one year.  

All applications except the student application* must be returned to: 
Division of Family and Community Engagement 
49 Chambers St., Suite 503 
New York, NY 10007 

*see instructions on the application for where to return student applications. 



 Information regarding where the full text of the proposed item may be obtained

The full text of the regulation, and the regulation in its entirety, can be found on the main page of the website of the Panel for Educational Policy:  http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/leadership/PEP/publicnotice/2014-2015/February2015Regulations

  Date, time and place of the Panel for Educational Policy meeting at which the Panel will vote on the proposed item

February 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

The Michael J. Petrides School

715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301


Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
An International Baccaluareate School
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Friday December 19, 2014

School Quality Reports

As a part of her vision for New York City’s schools, Chancellor Fariña has introduced two new ways for the public to evaluate New York City public schools:

  • The School Quality Snapshot is designed specifically for families and provides a concise picture of the quality of each school.
  • The School Quality Guide provides a more robust set of information about each school, including multiple years of data so that schools’ progress over time can be more easily tracked.

You can find a school’s 2013-14 School Quality Snapshot, School Quality Guide, and NYC School Survey Report by going to NYCDOE  School Quality Report search at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/FindASchoolQualityReport/default.htm  

For more information go to: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/default.htm

Individual School’s Score
 for 2014 ELA and Math State Test Results

 Click here

District 3 schools: Pages 321-329

New York State Department of Education
 Releases 2014 State Test Scores

Click here for more information

Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Below please find the dates for 4 parent teacher conferences.   













Elementary School

Sep 16

Nov 12

Nov 13

Mar 18

Mar 19

May 13

Middle School

Sep 18

Nov 19

Nov 20

Mar 11

Mar 12

May 6

High School

Sep 17

Nov 5

Nov 7

Mar 26

Mar 27

May 7

D75 School Programs


Nov 17

Nov 18

Mar 2

Mar 3


*Multi-session schools and District 75 School Programs are exempt from these additional conferences. Schools will notify families accordingly if they are holding these events at their site.

June Clerical Shortened Days
citywide June Clerical Shortened Days for elementary and intermediate/junior high schools as well as D75 schools.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
  • Monday, June 15, 2015

School Admissions News

District 3 Kindergarten Tours

Please share with families of children born in 2010 that live in CSD3 boundaries

PS 9:  100 West 84th Street –  Tour dates are Friday, January 16; February 6; and February 13.  Must sign up at  www.ps9.org.    Note:  Only zoned students  and some siblings of current students were admitted last year.

PS 75:  735 West End Ave. Tours date are Wed. January 14 and Thursday, January 22nd.  Time: 8:45 to 11:00 AM  Registration Required.  Please call  212-866-5400 Ext:0.   Note: Last year non-zoned, siblings, pre-k and district priority were admitted into K.

PS 76:  220 West 121 Street.  Tour dates are on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning January 16.  Time:  9:30AM. Please call 212-678-2865 for more information and to make a reservation.  Note:  Students without zoned, sibling or pre-K. priority were admitted.

PS 163:  163 West 97 Street.  Tours are held every Thursday from Jan 8th thru Feb 12th.  Time: 8:30 to 9:30AM .  Registration Required at www.ps163pta.org.     Note:  Only zoned students and siblings of current students were admitted last year.

PS 334:  100 West 77th Street.  City-wide G&T ==   Parents of children whose scores on the Department of Education's Gifted and Talented testing make them eligible to apply to The Anderson School will have an opportunity to visit the school in the spring. Visits will take place in the short period after the scores and applications have been sent to parents, but before the deadline to return the application with the ranked school choices to the DOE. Information about visiting Anderson will be posted on our website once we know the definite date that the score reports will be released to parents, probably early April, 2015. (Visit www.ps334anderson.org under “Admissions” and “Visiting Grades K-3”)

Parents of children who are offered a seat in Kindergarten - 3rd grade at The Anderson School for fall 2015 will be invited to take a daytime tour of our classrooms before the deadline to accept or decline the seat.

PS 166:   132 West 89 Street.  School tours will take place on the following dates:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tours begin at 8:45 AM and end at 10:15 AM

You should attend a tour of PS 166 if you have a child born in 2010 and you

  • live in our zone (the north side of West 85th Street to the north side of West 89th Street)
  • live anywhere in District 3 and you submitted an RFT form for G&T testing

For all others: You may rank PS 166 on your application but it is extremely unlikely that your child would receive placement here. Because of the high number of applicants, our kindergarten General Education classes fill up with our zone students and G&T classes fill up with District 3 applicants.

Tours are open to all families residing in District 3. We would like to accommodate as many families as possible, so only one parent from each family may attend a tour. We regret the need for this limitation. No children or babies are permitted on the tour.

Registration is required to attend a tour. Register  at http://tour166.brownpapertickets.com/


Kindergarten Connect Presentation 
given at the December 17, 2014 CEC3 Meeting

Click Here to View Presentation

High School Directories Notice

Students applying to a NYC public high school for the 2015-2016 school year can now access the 2014-2015 High School Directory online in nine languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

All non-native English speakers who will participate in the admissions process are encouraged to review the directories.  Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High/Resources/default.htm for complete information and the English directory. Questions regarding the 2014-2015 High School Directory may be directed to the High School Admissions Team at HS_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 26
CEC Election Information Session
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tweed Court House
52 Chambers St.
Register Here

Tuesday, January 27
Zoning Committee Mtg.
6:30 PM
Joan of Arc Building
Room 204
154 W. 93rd. St.
(btwn Amstr. & Col.)

Wednesday, January 28
Common Core Standards Implementation & Testing Committee Meeting
9:00 AM
Joan of Arc Bldg.
54 W. 93rd St.
Room 204

District 3 Common Core Parent Survey

Encuesta para padres del CEC3 del Distrito 3, sobre estándares básicos comunes

CEC3 News

Take the CEC3 Common Survey 
Available Online 
from December 12, 2014 through February 21, 2015
Click to take survey in English
Click to take in Spanish

We want to hear directly from D3 parents on how to better support D3 children/families with the transition of the new CCLS in school. In January 2014, your D3 CEC3 established the Common Core Standards, Implementation & Testing Committee to monitor and examine the policies and implementation of the CCLS, in order to ensure that the requisite support, communications and resources are deployed to assist and progress students in meeting and exceeding state NYS Common Core Standards.

District 3 SCA Proposed Amendment
to the 2015-2019 Capital Plan Presentation

Presentation Given at the January 7th CEC3 Special Meeting

June 11, 2014
District 3 Town Hall with Chancellor Carmen Fariña 
& Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm

To join the CEC3 Email List, 

please send your name and email address to


CEC3 2013-2014 Strategic Plan Document

Adopted at January Joint CSD3 Presidents' Council/CEC3 Calendar Meeting

CEC3 Vacancy! 
Applications are now being accepted to fill the vacant ELL seat on the District 3 Community Education Council

All applicants must be a parent/guardian of  an ELL student currently attending a District 3 elementary and middle school

Contact the CEC3 Office for more information at cec3@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 678-2782