The main concerns discussed were inequity, transparency, and resources.
They are seeking to influence who is chosen for the Board of Education and to get Council support in disputes with District regulations.
Part of the first meeting, on Friday morning, is open to the public.
Who can serve? Why should the board be elected? Parents and activists spoke passionately about these issues and more during two hours of testimony.
The tally was 3-1, with one abstention. The School Reform Commission has governed the District for 16 years. A new Board of Education is expected to start on July 1.
He will make a speech today before Council.