2019 is an election year for New York City’s Education Councils. Parents across the city have an opportunity to run for a council and help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools. There is one council for each of NYC’s 32 community school districts, plus four citywide councils.  Learn more about Education Councils on the Education Councils page.

Why Should You Run?

  1. Make a difference in your community
  2. Advise the NYC Schools Chancellor on education policy
  3. Build your knowledge of education issues
  4. Engage with your community and vote on school zoning lines
  5. Work closely with your district’s superintendent
  6. Support schools in your district
  7. Receive leadership training
  8. Host a Town Hall with the NYC Schools Chancellor
  9. Partner with community leaders
  10. Build relationships with other parents

Important Election Dates

February 14–March 6, 2019

Apply for an Education Council seat!

March 19, 2019

Candidate Conference: Find out what it’s like to serve on a council

March 25–May 1, 2019

Candidate Forums: Meet the voters and tell them why they should vote for you

May 2–May 14, 2019

Selectors (PA/PTA presidents, treasurers, recording secretaries) vote online

May 21, 2019

Election results announced

July 1, 2019

Members-elect take office

How to Run for a Seat on an Education Council

  • Apply online beginning February 14, 2019 at nycparentleaders.org(Open external link)
  • It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the application. If you do not have a computer, ask your parent coordinator for access to a computer in your school or at a district office, or call 311 for information on computer access at local public libraries.
  • You can apply until 11:59 PM on March 6, 2019.
  • You can run for as many councils as you are eligible for, but can serve on only one. On the application, you will be asked to rank each council in order of preference; if you are elected to more than one, you will be assigned to serve on the council you ranked highest.
  • Attend the Candidate Conference on March 19, 2019 to find out more about what it’s like to serve on a council.
  • Make sure to attend the candidate forums for the councils to which you have applied.