Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Contact Me for 2005-2006 CEP Template and Guide

Apparently, the NYCDOE took off its web site the link for the 2005-2006 CEP Template and Guide. In addition, they have not been making available on the web, links for any of the subsequent CEP Templates and Guides.

If you would like copies of the 2005-2006 CEP Template and Guide, please contact me ( It has very useful information on how to write a CEP by taking a needs assessment, creating goals and objectives, writing action plans, and aligning the budget with the CEP..

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Conflict in Chancellor's Regulations Concerning SLT's and the Budget

There is a conflict in the Chancellor's Regulations concerning the role of school leadership teams in school based budgeting.

The revised A-655 (School Leadership Teams- 12/07) took away the role of SLTs to develop the school budget and gave it to the principal, who now only consults with the SLT in this area. There is a Commissioner's appeal (Pollicino V. NYCDOE) pending which is challenging the legality of this change.

However, there is another Chancellor's Regulation, B-801 (School Based Budgeting) which states, the (SLT) "shall develop and prepare the school budget request". This Regulation has been in effect since 1999 and is required by State Educational Law 2590-r (School Based Budgeting). The cover letter of B-801 states that the Regulation addresses "the requirement for school leadership teams to be engaged in the formulation of school budgets" and that "teachers and parents, play a critical role in the budget process".

The NYCDOE site states that there are only hard copies available of B-801. I have a hard copy and will send you relevant pages on request.

So, when your principal quotes the revised A-655 to show that he develops the school budget, quote B-801, which states that the SLT, in a collaborative manner determines how school money will be spent.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Daily News Article- June 10, 2008

"A Day in Court Suits Me, Ma Sez", "Sues city to regain voice in school leadership teams" (Click title to view article)

This Daily News article (p.14 XQ) by Jess Wisloski is about the Pollicino V. NYCDOE appeal to the Commissioner concerning the weakening of SLT's due to the revised A-655 Chancellor's Regulation (12/07). It states that a decision by Commissioner Mills is expected soon. Either party can appeal the ruling by the Commissioner in state Supreme Court. The article highlights parent leader Marie Pollicino, the petitioner in the case. It also cites the United Federation of Teachers , Community Education Council 26 and Melvyn Meer(parent leader at P.S. 188) as added petitioners to the case.