Community Education Councils have several important responsibilities, including:
Review the district’s educational programs and capital needs and assess their effect on student achievement.
Hold at least one public meeting per month with the district's superintendent* and submit an annual evaluation of the school superintendent to the Chancellor**
Provide input to the Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy on district concerns.
Approve zoning lines as submitted by the superintendent.
* Superintendents supervise school principals. District 30's current superintendent is Philip Composto
** The Chancellor is the head of the NYC Department of Education. The current chancellor is David Banks
Whoever gets elected is an unpaid volunteer and doesn’t have a ton of direct power, but the CEC can serve as the voice of parents and grill DOE officials. If a CEC is clear about its goals and effective at mobilizing, it can affect the future of public schools in the district.