Run for a NYC Education Council

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.31.43 PM Community and Citywide Education Councils,

where parents have a powerful voice in shaping the policies

and priorities of New York City schools. Join in!


If you are interested in improving your kids’ lives and education, and have

great ideas to improve our NYC schools, participate in the Education Council

elections. It’s your chance to make a real impact on how your school district

works for your children and all of your neighborhood’s children.

Is experience needed? No! You just need to be a parent of a NYC public school

student, passionate, dedicated, and committed to making our schools the best

they can be. By volunteering to run for one of the seats you’ll help shape the

education policies and priorities of your entire school district or even, the city.

You are invited to learn more about the 2015 Education Council Elections onJanuary 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This interactive session will be held at Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan 10007 and will include a Q&A session with current and former council members.

Register Here

Education Councils offer parents an opportunity for District and Citywide Leadership with a strong voice in education policy. Attendees will learn about education councils and how to get involved in the elections.

  • If you are a parent interested in serving as part of a Community or Citywide Education Council, you should attend.
  • Community organizations and advocates will also learn how they can inform their constituents about this leadership opportunity.

We hope to see you there.

Raise your hand and be the change you want to see in NYC schools!”
http://www.nycparentleaders.orgScreen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.31.43 PMWith duties that range from advising the Chancellor, to working directly with the district superintendent and reviewing district educational programs and needs the 32 Community Education Councils and 4 Citywide Education Councils make important contributions to their communities and help shape public education in New York City.

What follows is a brief overview of the councils and the selection process that helps to determine their membership.

For more information please click on the links on the left-hand side of the page.

Community Education Councils (CECs)
CECs allow for parent involvement on the district level and play an essential role in shaping education policies for New York City public schools. They have a total of 12 members: 9 parents of students K-8 (two seats are reserved for a parent of an ELL and of an IEP student), 2 members appointed by the Borough President, and 1 non-voting high school student.

Citywide Education Councils 
Citywide Education Councils allow for parent involvement at the city level, advocating for specific populations. Like CECs, these councils have 12 members each, except for the Citywide Council on High Schools which has 14. The four Citywide Councils are:

  • Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)
  • Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)
  • Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)
  • Citywide Council for District 75 (CCD75)

The Community and Citywide Education Council Selection Process 
Selection is a process mandated by state law to occur biannually during a 90-day window that extends from February to May.



How can I apply to serve on a Council?

You can apply online beginning February 11, 2015. The application process ends at 11:59 pm on March 11, 2015. If you do not have access to a computer, please call 311 for information on how to access computers at local district offices and schools, or at public libraries.

To apply to serve on a Community Education Council (CEC), click HERE (on or after February 11, 2015). Be sure to use the drop-down bar to indicate which CEC(s) you would like to serve on!

To apply to serve on a Citywide Education Council, click HERE (on or after February 11, 2015). Be sure to specify which Citywide Education Council(s) you would like to serve on! NOTE: if you are applying for both a CEC and a Citywide Education Council, you must complete two separate application forms. However, you must rank the Councils in order of preference and you will be selected for only one.

How long does it take to complete the application form?

It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the application form.

Can I apply to serve on more than one Council?

Yes, you can apply to serve on more than one Council. You must rank each Council in order of preference and, if selected for multiple Councils, you will be assigned to serve on the Council you ranked highest.

Who is not eligible to apply to serve on the Education Councils?

Persons holding elective public office or elective or appointed party positions (except delegate or alternate delegate to a national, state, judicial, or other party convention, or member of a county committee)
Current DOE employees
Persons who have been convicted of a felony
Persons who have been convicted of any crime that is directly related to their service on an Education Council, Community School Board, PA/PTA, School Leadership Team (SLT), District Presidents’ Council, Borough High School Council, or Title I Committee
Persons who have been removed from an Education Council, Community School Board, PA/PTA, SLT, District Presidents’ Council, Borough High School Council, or Title I Committee for an act of malfeasance that is directly related to their service on such council, board, association, team or committee
Persons who are serving on another CEC, the CCHS, CCELL, CCSE or the D75 Council
Members of the Panel for Education Policy
Persons who have a conflict of interest, as determined by the DOE Ethics Officer or another designee of the Chancellor based on the Conflicts of Interest Law of the City of New York

What are Candidate Forums?

Candidate Forums are organized by the District and Borough Presidents’ Councils and are an opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with parents and Selectors to express why they believe they should be selected to serve on a Council.

Am I required to attend a Candidate Forum?

You are strongly encouraged to attend your district or borough Candidate Forum, as the forums are the best opportunity for candidates to engage the community and the Selectors who will be voting for them.

Besides being a candidate, how can I get involved with the Selection Process for the Councils?

There are a variety of ways for parents to participate. You can help recruit other candidates to apply for the Councils; attend and ask questions of the candidates during Candidate Forums; help campaign for the candidates you support; and urge your Selectors to vote for the candidates you support.