Chalk Beat 1-9-15 – City States School Leadership Meetings are not Public

Public Advocate Letitia James (center) and parent advocate Leonie Haimson (right), seen here in 2013, are joining a lawsuit to make school leadership team meetings open to the public.

Public Advocate Letitia James (center) and parent advocate Leonie Haimson (right), seen here in 2013, are joining a lawsuit to make school leadership team meetings open to the public.

They are called on to help craft each school’s new cell phone policy, develop school-improvement plans, and weigh in on the hiring of new principals.

School leadership teams, which are composed jointly of parents and staffers, play a state-mandated role in school decision-making. Yet the city has argued in court that their meetings need not be open to non-members, including parents, community leaders, or others.

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NYC Public School Parents 1-8-15 – Class Size Matters Joins Public Advocate Suit re Open School Meetings

NYC Public School Parents

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Public Advocate and Class Size Matters legally challenge DOE on authority and transparency of School Leadership Teams

 UPDATE: Court hearing just scheduled for Wed. January 14 at 2:30. Justice Peter Moulton’s courtroom is located at 111 Centre Street, Room 623 (Part 57 on the 6th floor of the building).

More on this here, including a link to our legal papers:

Yesterday, Public Advocate Letitia James and Class Size Matters filed papers in court, requesting to intervene in a lawsuit in which the Department of Education is arguing that School Leadership Teams are not subject to Open Meetings Law because they have only advisory powers. 

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