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Tonight: Mayor's ed policy panel to talk Obama, not capital plan

Several of the proposals for revising mayoral control call for renaming the Panel for Education Policy, the current incarnation of the city’s school board, and changing the way that its members are selected. So if you want to see the PEP in action in its current form, tonight could be one of your last chances; the group meets only once a month.

Straight from the Department of Education, here’s the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Tech in Fort Greene:

I. Local 306 IATSE Collective Bargaining Agreement

II. Increased Rates of New York City CUNY-Bound Students

III. Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation Update

IV. President Obama’s Education Speech

V. Public Comment

One item that’s not on the agenda: the DOE’s 2010-2014 capital plan. Originally, the PEP was scheduled to vote on the proposed plan tonight. But because the city, state, and federal funding pictures still aren’t clear, that vote has been put off until the PEP’s April meeting, deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm told City Council members last week.

We’ve covered a couple of the agenda items, the higher number of public school students enrolling at CUNY colleges and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s response to Obama’s recent education speech, here on GothamSchools. Tonight, I’m interested to find out why the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has a collective bargaining agreement with the DOE.

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