School siting/planning; Playground renovation; CEC business meeting & application deadline

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Hearing on School Siting/Planning and Admissions Reporting
We joined with other CECs and advocacy groups to pass a resolution calling for a Commission on School Siting and Planning to address overcrowding in schools citywide. The resolution notes that “the city’s failure to plan, site and build sufficient school space is a long term problem that is worsening because of the rapid pace of housing development.” Tomorrow, the City Council’s Committees on Education and Finance will hold a joint oversight hearing to collect testimony on:
*  School Planning and Siting for New Capacity
*  A Local Law to require the DoE to report information on school applications, offers of admission, enrollment and school seats available
Members of the public are invited to testify, and testimony will likely begin after 12 pm (Council Chambers, City Hall). If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to submit written testimony, email it to jatwell@council.nyc.gov.
Tompkins Square Park Ave. B Children’s Playground Renovation Meeting
The Parks Department plans to lower fencing in the Tompkins Square Park Children’s Playground, and to date, the Department has been dismissive of community input surrounding the proposal. Make your voice heard tonight at a meeting with Councilwoman Mendez and the Parks Department: 6:30 pm at St. Bridig-St. Emeric Church (119 Ave. B). (Councilwoman Mendez letter).
D1 Principal in the News
PS 134’s Principal Daniel Kim “Wants to Break Down Walls and Empower Students Through Art” (DNAinfo, 2/19/17)
Business Meeting 
Here’s the agenda for CEC1’s March Business meeting, this Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm at PS 20 (166 Essex St.). Join us for our Calendar meeting on Wednesday, March 29 for a discussion of testing and a presentation on Fair Student Funding!
CEC Elections  
The deadline to submit an application for membership on CECs and citywide councils is March 5th! Additional dates and the application are at nycparentleaders.org:
*  March 20, 2017 – April 21, 2017: Candidate Forums. The Candidate Forum at Presidents’ Council in D1 will be held on Friday, April 21st at 9 am at PS 20 (166 Essex St.).
*  April 23, 2017 – May 9, 2017: Selector Voting. Selectors (3 members of each PA/PTA) will cast their votes for Education Council members for the 2017 – 2019 term. In some cases, it may be necessary to conduct runoff elections after May 9, 2017.
See the DoE’s council page for additional information about council membership.
More News, Events, & Meetings
*  D1 & D2 High School Newsletter: Midwinter 2017 Edition
*  CCHS Special Meeting: 2/28/17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 333 7th Ave. (Translated flyer)
*  PreK Application Deadline extended: 3/3/17
*  CEC1 Calendar Meeting: 3/29/17, 6 pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)