Become a Council Member

NYC’s Education Councils are constituted every two years (in odd years) according to rules set by state law. The three mandatory officers (president, treasurer, recording secretary) of PA/PTAs vote for the parent members as part of the state-mandated selection process. There are also members who are appointed by the Borough Presidents and the Public Advocate. The selected candidates and appointed members then serve a two-year term than begins on July 1st of the selection year.

The 2015 Citywide and Community Education Council Elections

The 2015 Education Council Elections will begin with an official announcement by the Chancellor in January, 2015. Candidate applications will be available on a dedicated website on February 11, 2015. For details on the 2015 Selection Process, please visit

For election flyers in all DOE covered languages visit the election resources page.

If you are interested in running for an Education Council, you should  speak with current council members and attend council meetings to familiarize yourself with what your council does.

Currently Available Council Seats

Occasionally, councils have vacant seats through member resignations; filling those seats is very important for councils to be able to function at the highest level. Should you find that your council has a vacancy, you may consider applying to fill the unexpired term.

Look at the list of current members and contact your council to learn about vacancies.

Applying to Fill a Council Vacancy

Procedures for filling vacancies are largely up to the councils, but must include consultation with the parent constituencies.
Download and complete an application.

Community Education Council Application
Arabic |Bengali |Chinese |French |Haitian Creole  |Korean |Russian |Spanish  |Urdu

Citywide Education Council Application
Arabic |Bengali |Chinese |French |Haitian Creole |Korean  |Russian |Spanish |Urdu 

Student Application 

Borough President Appointee Application

Public Advocate Appointee Application 

Please note: FACE reviews applications for eligibility, but all inquiries as to vacancies or the appointment process should be directed to the relevant Borough President's office or the Public Advocate. 

All Education Councils include a non-voting student member, who must be a high school senior and serves for one year. 

All applications except the student application* must be returned to:
Division of Family and Community Engagement 
49 Chambers St., Suite 503
New York, NY 10007

*see instructions on the application for where to return student applications.