New York City
March 2003

An Open Letter from Chancellor Joel Klein

Dear Community/Faith-Based Leader,

In October, I launched Children First: A New Agenda for Public Schools in New York City, an initiative to reform the school system. During the first phase of Children First, we received input from approximately 50,000 parents, students, teachers, principals, superintendents, community, business, higher education and faith-based leaders.

The views and opinions of parents and community members have been invaluable in driving the Children First reform agenda and shaping key initiatives that we have announced. Ongoing parent/community engagement is critically important as we begin to implement recent strategies. Therefore, the Chancellorís Office and the Panel for Educational Policy in collaboration with Regional Superintendents will be co-convening Regional Parent/
Community Engagement Meetings in high schools throughout the metropolitan area.

We would appreciate your assistance with getting the word out about the Regional Parent/Community Engagement Meetings in your community. Please visit our website at for additional information. If you would like our flyer about the meetings in additional languages or have any questions, please contact Karen John, a staff member of our Community Engagement Team, at (212) 374-6009.

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