Every so often, a volunteer position opens up that allows individuals to bring wholesale change to their communities. If you are a parent in New York City, one of those options has opened up, and the deadline to register for your local Community Education Council is midnight March 19. That's tonight! Register here at http://www.powertotheparents.org/.
Grassroots Initiative's Jeff Merritt is partnering with the Department of Education to recruit and train CEC candidates. Meetings are once a month, and often discuss a variety of local public school issues from new school construction to budgetary concerns and school oversight.
I have attended CEC 14 (Williamsburg and Greenpoint) and CEC 32 (Bushwick) meetings before and they are well worth being on. Youth activists in Bushwick are pushing a school safety campaign, which will be important to watch in the coming year, and there's that education funding the stimulus package is going to provide New York City. So, what are you waiting for already? Register!