STATEN ISLAND — Borough President James Oddo appointed a new member to Staten Island's education council on Tuesday.
"As a mother of two third grade boys in the New York City public school system, I am excited for the appointment because I not only have a vested interest in our children's education, but I am also a tremendous advocate of parental involvement," Arlen said. "I am hoping to represent parental concerns while also protecting the integrity of the system."
The CEC, which serves as an advisory board to the Department of Education, advocates for parents in the district, reviews programs and provides input to the chancellor and approves zoning lines.
Each borough president gets to assign two members to their local council, and the other appointee was a holdover from the previous administration, Oddo said. Members serve a two-year term, and can only be appointed for one additional term.
“The Community Education Council is an important tool for keeping a pulse on schools and making recommendation that will ultimately benefit the children,” Oddo said. “I am confident that Ms. Arlen, as a concerned parent, will be an asset to the CEC.”