The Education unit of the office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. aids students, families, educators and others in attaining educational resources necessary to improve their learning environment. This unit, along with Borough President Diaz, his appointees to the Community Education Councils (CEC) and his appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy reviews educational policy issues and concerns regarding Bronx School Districts 7 through 12.
Panel for Education Policy
The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) is the governance body for the Department of Education. 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. Robert Powell serves as the Bronx representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, having been appointed by the Bronx Borough President’s Office in December 2012. For more information see:
Panel for Educational Policy
52 Chambers Street
New York NY 10007
851 Grand Concourse
Bronx, N.Y. 10451
Phone: (718) 590-6012 Fax: (718) 590-4690
The borough president has also created five education consortia – Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, High School and Higher Education . This allows educators and parents to network, share resources and work on policy concerns.
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.
If you have any additional questions about the Community Education Councils, feel free to contact the Office for Family and Community Engagement at (212) 374-4118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borough President Diaz has appointed education advocates to the Community Education Councils (CEC). The Bronx Borough President’s Appointees for 2013-2015:
District 7: Tracy Woodall and Hakiem Yahmadi
District 8: Tony L. Gardner and Gheri Kaufman
District 9: Mario Benabe and Josephine Ofili
District 10: Steven Francisco and Lizzette B. Ritz
District 11: Joscelyn T. Mahon and Nancy Kheck
District 12: Dupartie Budhram
If you would like additional information on getting involved with your local Community Education Council, contact:
Director of Education and Youth
851 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 590-3515
Fax: (718) 590-4690
There is a Community Education Council (CEC) office located in each of the school districts:
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
NYC Department of Education
The Department of Education (DOE ) Parent and Families page provides a plethora of useful information regarding NYC public school education, summer opportunities for children and even parent leadership involvement. For more information:
Division of Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
The NYC Department of Education is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships between schools, families and the community. As a central resource for family engagement, the Division of Family and Community Engagement strives to involve and inform parent leaders and families as essential partners in helping students achieve college and career readiness. For more information, visit:
For more information, visit the Pre-K resource page:
After School Programs
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development offers engaging high quality programs for young people in all five boroughs of New York City during the hours they are not in school. For more information, click here.
Special Education Assistance
For further information: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/default.htm
Resources for Children with Special Needs: http://resourcesnyc.org/
The Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution: http://www.imcr.org/
The Office of Adult and Continuing Education at the Department of Education
The New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) is the largest provider of adult literacy education services in the state. They are an integral part of the City of New York Department of Education’s District 79 – Alternative Schools and Programs.
They offer over 900 classes for adults age 21 and over. They operate four Adult Learning Centers located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and The Bronx. They offer day and evening classes Monday through Saturday at more than 300 sites in all five boroughs, including public schools, community centers and faith-based organizations. Students can take classes at any of their sites, regardless of which borough they live in. All classes are taught by certified teachers and are offered free of charge (tuition-free).
Ongoing registration for classes in Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency (GED), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) is held regularly at schools and offices around the city.
For more information: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/SpecialPrograms/AdultEd/default.htm
Archdiocese of NY
Bronx Charter School Listings
Visit the NYC Charter Center website.