The Education unit of the Office of the Bronx Borough President assists students, families and educators, provides contacts to educational resources, and regularly hosts workshops and meetings. The unit also visits schools and works on policy issues with the borough president, his appointees to the Community Education Councils and his appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy.
The highest percentage of the borough president’s capital funding has been allocated to education: 33 percent ($12,227,000). Projects funded include the construction of a green roof for P.S. 71, technology upgrades at the Leadership Institute High School, a library upgrade at Samuel Gompers High School and many other important projects. Click here for more information on Borough President Diaz's budget allocations.
Borough President Diaz has appointed strong advocates to the Community Education Councils. He has met with students, parents, and educators to hear their concerns about education. The borough president has also helped to start five education consortia – Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, High School and Higher Education – where Bronx educators are able to network, share resources and work on policy concerns.
Bronx Education Summit
Join Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in shaping an educational agenda for the Bronx, from cradle to career. Parents, students, teachers, principals, policy makers and community members are all invited to be a part of this groundbreaking event.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s Office has compiled information about schools and education, tailored to the needs of Bronx residents. Find contact information for the Department of Education, after school programs, continuing education, and much more.
Ongoing Monthly Education Workshops
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts regular education workshops to provide parents and students with valuable information regarding education in the Bronx. View the full schedule for all workshops here.
Panel for Education Policy
The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) is the governance body for the Department of Education, which took the place of the Board of Education when Mayor Bloomberg gained control of the schools in 2002.
The PEP consists of 13 appointed members and the Chancellor. Each borough president appoints one member and the mayor appoints the remaining eight. The Chancellor serves as an ex-officio non-voting member. The Borough President appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy is Wilfredo Pagan.
Community Education Councils
There are 32 Community Education Councils (CECs) in New York City. Each CEC represents a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. Additionally, there are four Citywide Education Councils that advocate on behalf of high school students, English Language Learners (ELL), and special education students (District 75 council and the Citywide Council on Special Education). All Community and Citywide Education Council members are selected for two-year terms by the Parent Associations or Parent Teacher Associations (PA/PTAs) of the schools in their district.
Each CEC has 12 members, including nine parents selected by the district's PA/PTAs, two members appointed by the Borough President, and one student member selected by the Community Superintendent.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s appointees to the CEC are as follows:
CEC District 7: Lakisha Walker and Gloria Cruz
CEC District 8: Altagracia Cruz and Robert Franklin
CEC District 9: Davon Russell and Loretta Smith
CEC District 10: Delores Jordan and Damien McShane
CEC District 11: Petra A. DeCaille-Poleon and Pamela Johnson
CEC District 12: Carmen R. Santos and Gail Gadsden
If you have any additional questions about the Community Education Councils, feel free to contact the Office for Family Engagement and Advocacy at (212) 374-4118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
501 Courtlandt Ave
Bronx, NY 10451
1230 Zerega Ave
Bronx, NY 10462
250 East 164st
Bronx, NY 10456
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
1250 Arnow Ave
Bronx, NY 10469
1434 Longfellow Ave
Bronx, NY 10459