Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the appointment of Michael Kraft to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy (PEP). The PEP, consisting of 13 appointed members and the Schools Chancellor, is the New York City public school system’s governing board, and each of the city’s five borough presidents appoints one of its members.
“Michael Kraft is a strong, thoughtful voice for students and parents who has given more than a decade to the work of improving our schools,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “In his many leadership roles, Michael has grappled directly with some of the biggest issues facing our school system today, from the high school admissions process to capital planning, security, and more.”
Mr. Kraft is the president of Art and Design High School’s Parent Teacher Association. He has served as a representative on the Citywide Council on High Schools, and has volunteered in multiple PTA and school leadership roles within Community School District 3. Mr. Kraft succeeds Laura Zingmond, Brewer’s first appointee to the PEP.
“For nearly three years, Laura Zingmond has been active, engaged, and inquisitive on behalf of Manhattan’s students, parents and educators,” said Borough President Brewer. “When Mayor de Blasio and I both took office three years ago, I looked forward to a more active PEP that would take a more substantive role in the management of our schools. In her work on the PEP, Laura didn’t just live up to that goal, she personified it, and in the process she set a fine example for all future members.”
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