WHO does the Panel for Education Policy (PEP) serve?

Posted: February 8, 2012 in Panel for Education Policy (PEP), School Closings

In today’s NY Times Education Blog, “SchoolBook” is an article about the disconnect between the will of the people of Staten Island, and how the Staten Island borough rep (mis?)represents the people in her votes on the PEP.

“There’s a saying, ‘you cannot serve two gods,’ ” Ms. Caminiti said. “If you’re appointed by the borough president, you can’t serve the people.”

At issue is the proposed closing of PS14, which is up for PEP vote TOMORROW, Feb. 9th, along with Williamsburg’s PS19 and about 60 other schools facing closure or phaseout.


The Panel for Education Policy is a 13-member body that is entrusted to oversee decision making about NYC public schools (this body replaced what used to be called the NYC Board of Education). Each borough president appoints a representative to the PEP, and the Mayor appoints 8 representatives

The Mayor has direct  influence over 8 of 13 members. Just how much influence?  Well according to the PEP’s own Bylaws:

All members serve at the pleasure of the official who appointed them.


Do you know who YOUR borough’s representative to the PEP is?


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