Saturday, May 31, 2008

Title 1 Parent Involvement Requirements

Parents in Title 1 schools have mandated rights under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).However,It is difficult to obtain information as to what these rights are. I tried to locate the 2006-2007 Title 1 Parent Involvement Guidelines, published by the NYCDOE,but it appears it is no longer online.

The link I have provided is a good source of information concerning Parent Involvement rights. Another good source for Title 1 parent information is the addendum of the template of any of the Comprehensive Educational Plans (CEPs).You can use the link provided for the 2005-2006 CEP Template to view this information.

Did you know the following regarding Title 1 schools:

1) Every school must have a written Title 1 School Parent Involvement Policy reflected in the CEP. "The policy establishes the school's expectations for parental involvement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent involvement activities". There is suppose to be a sample template provided by NYCDOE at However, it states the page is not available.

2) Every school must have a written Title 1 School-Parent Compact reflected in the CEP. " The compact must outline how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards". There is suppose to be a sample template provided by NYCDOE at the same link as above.

3) " A minimum of one percent of the school's total Title 1 allocation must be set aside for activities that support the involvement of parents of Title 1 participants in their children's education". "Title 1 parents must be substantively involved in decision-making regarding the use of these funds". The school leadership team consults with the parent group of the school and then incorporates the plan in to the CEP. Monies can be used "to provide support to parents for transportation,childcare or home visits, in cases where these things prevents a parent from becoming involved in their child's school".

4) Title 1 schools must set aside 5% of funds "to insure that all teachers in core subject areas are highly qualified".

5) For Title 1 SINI (Schools in Need of Improvement) schools , 10% of Title 1 funds must be used for teacher and staff professional development and reflected in the CEP.

6) School Leadership Teams consult with the school parent group to determine how all remaining Title 1 funds are to be spent to support Title 1 academic programs.The school leadership team incorporates these programs and funds in to the CEP.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

2008-2009 CEP Template and Timeline issued

The NYCDOE issued the 2008-2009 CEP template and timeline on May 12th. The timeline extends the date for schools to complete 2008-2009 CEP's until November. Schools are to complete preliminary CEP's by June 20th.

The template is 12 pages and highlights the CEP process of developing a needs assessment, goals and objectives, action plans, and aligning the budget with the CEP.

By extending the date to November, it gives many principals and their non-functioning teams additional time to complete their CEP's. However, it is unrealistic to expect SLT's at this late date to complete preliminary CEP's by June 20th.There was really no excuse for teams to wait for the template before beginning the CEP process.

Ask your principal for a copy of the template and timeline.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Signing of the CEP

If your principal asks you to sign a CEP and there was no collaboration or shared decision making by the team, you should refuse to do so.

Many schools did not create 2007-2008 CEP's.

According to a NY Daily News article on May 6, by Jess Wisloski, entitled "Parents groups playing hooky across the city", many school leadership teams are not functioning or only exist on paper.

Don't be part of a sham. You can refuse to sign the CEP and attach an explanation.

2008-2009 CEP Template

I have learned from the NYCDOE Office of School Improvement (Sharon Rencher) that the 2008-2009 CEP templates will be available on May 12th.

This is an outrage as many principals are refusing to start the process of developing a CEP until the template is issued. This is another example of the NYCDOE undermining the CEP process to ensure its failure.

A SLT should not wait for a template to be issued. The process of developing a CEP begins in September and concludes in June. The process is the same regardless of the template. The team takes a needs assessment of the school, completes goals and objectives, writes action plans, develops the budget and aligns it with the CEP.

Don't let your principal get away with the excuse of waiting for the template.

Pollicino v. NYCDOE concerning revised A-655

Pollicino V. NYCDOE - Appeal to the Commissioner(12/31/07) to revoke the section of Chancellor's Regulation A-655 (SLT's) (12/7/07) that weakens the responsibilities of SLT's.

The revised A-655 states that the principal makes the final determination concerning the CEP and budget. The NYCDOE in its brief stated that this is the case with the CEP only if consensus is not reached. However, the language in A-655 does not state this. In addition, A-655 states that the principal develops the budget and consults with the SLT. This is a departure from the previous A-655 (2004) which states the SLT consults with the principal in developing a school based budget.

On April 25, the NYSED approved the following as intervenors supporting Pollicino V. NYCDOE.

United Federation of Teachers

CEC 26

Melvyn Meer-SLT member at PS 188 Q