Serving on a Council

CEC members have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Promote the achievement of educational standards and objectives relating to the instruction of students
  • Hold Town Halls with the Chancellor for their district
  • Participate in training and continuing education programs
  • Approve zoning lines as submitted by the superintendent
  • Prepare and publish a school district report card which includes measures of the academic and fiscal performance of the school district
  • Review the district’s educational programs and assess their effect on student achievement
  • Hold meetings open to the public at least once a month with the superintendent, at which the public has the opportunity to discuss the current state of the schools in the district
  • Liaise with and provide assistance to School Leadership Teams (SLTs)
  • Complete an Annual Financial Disclosure form
  • Consult on the selection of a community superintendent
  • Advise the chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) of district concerns
  • Submit an annual evaluation of the community superintendent to the chancellor
  • Hold a joint public hearing with the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee as required by law

Citywide Council members have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Advise and comment on educational or instructional policies involving the student communities represented by the Council
      • For Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS) – students in high school
      • For Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS) – students in high school
      • For Citywide Council on District 75 (CCD75) – students enrolled in District 75 schools
      • For Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) – students in bilingual or English as a second language programs
  • Issue an annual report on the effectiveness of the city district in providing services to the student community represented by the Council.
  • Hold meetings open to the public at least once a month, at which the public has the opportunity to discuss issues facing the student community represented by the Council.

What kind of time commitment would I be making as a Council member?

  • At a minimum, Council members are expected to attend monthly meetings with the superintendent and the public. In addition, members are strongly encouraged to participate in school visits and public forums where they can become better informed about issues facing students in the New York City public schools.

Is there a penalty for missing Council meetings?

  • Yes. Council members who have more than three unexcused absences officially vacate their seat.

Do Council members get paid?

  • No. Council members volunteer their services. However, certain expenses may be reimbursed.

How long do Council members serve?

  • The new two-year term begins on July 1, 2019 and ends on June 30,2021.

Will Council members be trained for their role?

  • Yes. Council members are required to participate in a DOE-sponsored training within the first three months of their term and to participate in continuing education programs that keep them up-to-date on issues affecting public school governance. Trainings are designed to inform members about their powers, functions, and duties, as well as the powers of other governing authorities responsible for public education. These training sessions acquaint Council members with the structure of the Department of Education and how to access information and resources, as well as develop the members’ leadership abilities. Such trainings and continuing education programs are administered by the Division of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE).