July 07, 2009

Legislation Would Create Education Ombuds for New York City

A pair of bills pending in the NY State Legislature would create an Ombuds program for the nation's largest public school system. A bill in the State Senate, S5739, aims to reform governance system for the NYC schools by strengthening parent representation in decision-making and providing enhanced mechanisms for accountability and transparency. The bill would establish an independent Office of the Ombudsperson, but does not provide specifics. (NY S5739 Summary.)

A separate bill in the State Assembly, A8705, creates parent participation boards in each community school district and requires each board to establish an Office of Education Ombudsperson. The Ombuds Offices would be charged with operating and supporting the parent participation boards. (NY A8705 Summary.)

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