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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