Run for a Seat on a Council

RUN 2021!

The 2021 CEC Election is almost here. We will be posting more information, including links to our application to run for a Council seat, on this page soon. So check back and see below for more information about how to RUN 2021!

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What can I do to promote my candidacy?

Like all candidates for public office, candidates for NYC’s Education Councils are allowed to promote their candidacy. Your two most effective ways of communicating with the selectors who will vote in these elections are the candidate statement you included in your application and your participation in the candidate forum.

In addition, you may:

  • Distribute flyers and other campaign materials outside any school.
  • Distribute campaign materials via email, including to selectors, as long as you have not obtained the contact information from a DOE employee.
  • Use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media to promote your candidacy.
  • Bring flyers and other campaign materials to the forum to supplement the candidate statement included in the Candidate Brochure that FACE will make available at the forum and online.

Like all candidates for public office, candidates for Education Councils are subject to certain limitations.

You may not:

  • Post or distribute flyers or other campaign materials in any part of a school.
  • Ask anyone to post or distribute these materials for you.
  • Use an email distribution list obtained from a DOE employee, or the administrative assistant for an Education Council to distribute campaign materials.
  • Ask a DOE employee or Education Council administrative assistant to send out materials for you or post them on a DOE-hosted website.
  • Mail campaign materials to the PA/PTA or anyone else at the school.
  • Email campaign materials to the PA/PTA’s official DOE email address or any “@schools.nyc.gov” email address.
  • Accept endorsements from public officials or campaign contributions.
  • Use school or DOE equipment and resources to make or distribute campaign materials.
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