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Become a Council Member

What Are Education Councils?

Education Councils give parents a powerful voice in shaping the policies and priorities of New York City schools. Members of the Community Education Councils and 4 Citywide Councils advise the Chancellor on a range of matters, work directly with the district superintendents, review district educational programs, approve zoning lines and make recommendations on capital improvements in order to make our public schools the best they can be. 

To learn more about Education Councils, download the flyer in these following languages:

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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. 

Applications to be a Public Advocate Appointee or Borough President Appointee are still being accepted

  • Applications to be a 2015-2017 Public Advocate Appointee to an education council can be downloaded here.
  • Applications to be a 2015-2017 Borough President Appointee to an education council can be downloaded here.
  • The application to be a 2016-2017 Student Representative to an education council can be downloaded here.

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.

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

To apply to fill a vacancy please print and fill out the appropriate application below:
CEC Vacancy Application 2015-2017
Citywide Council Vacancy Application 2015-2017

Translated Applications


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And return it to:
The Division of Family and Community Engagement
52 Chambers Street
Room 108
New York, NY. 10007

Or send and email to CCECinfo@schools.nyc.gov