School elections are now political: NYC Community and Education Council voting is getting too nasty

By Deborah Alexander

“It is election season in NYC. Not for president, Congress, state or city office, but for NYC school boards, also known as Community and Citywide Education Councils (CECs).

How do I know it is election season? Because of the vicious smears and attacks being leveled throughout social media on a small group of parents who run for the uncompensated, time-consuming and largely thankless task of sitting on a CEC. If you spend too much time on social media you might think there are clear battle lines drawn based on competing ideology, but the truth is that most parents in the nation’s largest school system want the same thing: a great education in a safe school where their child is happy and learning. As education advocates, we want that for all children.

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