How Can I Run for a Seat on a Council?

You can apply online beginning February 14, 2019. The application period ends at 11:59 pm on March 6, 2019. If you do not have access to a computer, ask your parent coordinator to arrange for access to a computer in school or at a district office, or call 311 for information on computer access at local public libraries.

Apply for a Community Education Council (CEC). Be sure to use the drop-down bar to indicate which CEC(s) you would like to serve on!

Apply for a Citywide Education Council. Be sure to specify which Citywide Education Council(s) you would like to serve on!

How long does it take to complete the application form?

It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the application.

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. You may not serve on more than one Council.

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

  • Individuals holding elective public office or elective or appointed party positions (except as a delegate or alternate delegate to a national, state, judicial, or other party convention, or as a member of a county committee);
  • Current DOE employees;
  • Individuals who have been convicted of a felony;
  • Individuals who have been convicted of any crime 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;
  • Individuals who have received an official letter of removal from a PA/PTA, School Leadership Team, District Presidents’ Council, Borough High School Council, Title I Committee, a community school board, a Community Education Council, the Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English Language Learners, Citywide Council for District 75, or the Citywide Council for Special Education for an act of malfeasance or who have been convicted of a crime directly related to service on such association, team, council, or committee.
  • Members of the Panel for Education Policy
  • Individuals 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 the selectors who will be voting for them.

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.