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Schools Chancellor, City's First Lady Participate in Citywide Parent Conference

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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Chirlane McCray, the city's first lady, took part in the Department of Education's first Citywide Parent Conference Saturday morning in Manhattan.

The conference was designed to create partnerships between high school parents, students, and education officials.

There were a number of workshops for parents to attend, including one on helping their kids transition into college.

Fariña says the contract deal reached with the teachers union this week will provide more opportunities for parents to connect with educators, something that parents NY1 spoke with were happy to hear.

"I'm really excited about this contract because things are going to be quite different," Fariña said. "First of all, you're going to, to the degree possible, start seeing a lot more communication.

"I think it makes a big difference in education if you're involved as a parent," said parent Matilda Recalde.

A similar conference for elementary-school parents will take place on May 31 at Long Island City High School in Queens.

One for middle-school parents will be held on June 7 at the Van Siclen Community Middle School in Brooklyn.

Both conferences will begin at 8 a.m.

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