Elections 2021: Run. Serve. Lead. Vote!

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The results are in!

Congratulations to all of our new council members!

Vote now in the D23 runoff election. Voting is open between Thursday, June 24 at 9AM and Friday, June 25 at 9AM 

For a complete list of the results for each council election please visit the Election Results page

For those parents who did not win, there are still plenty of ways to serve. See the links below for Borough President Appointee and Public Advocate Appointee applications, attend PA/PTA and your Council meetings or speak with your Parent Coordinator about other Parent Leadership opportunities and ways to help your school community.

Thank you to all of the parents who participated by applying to run or voting in this historic event.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

Borough President AppointeePublic Advocate Appointee, and Student Member Applications are all available online.

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?

NYS Education Law and Chancellor’s Regulations prohibit certain individuals from serving on an Education Council. The complete list is found in Chancellor’s Regulations D-140, D-150, D-160 and D-170. 

If you fall in any of the listed categories, you will not necessarily be disqualified. Your application will be reviewed separately; you may be contacted by a representative of the NYCDOE for additional information, and you may still be allowed to serve.

What are Candidate Forums?

Candidate Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils, in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). They are an opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with the parents who will be voting for them. For the 2021 elections, due to ongoing pandemic conditions, all candidate forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform rather than in person.

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 parents who will be voting for them.

What can I do to promote my candidacy?

2021 CCEC Elections Campaign Guidelines 

Congratulations on stepping up to run for a seat on a Citywide or Community Education Council! While campaigning during a global pandemic may be challenging, we hope that this list of “do’s and don’ts” helps you to develop winning campaign strategies.

This year, the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and Family Leadership Coordinators (FLCs) will be supporting Presidents’ Councils to host virtual Candidate Forums, which will allow everyone running for a seat the opportunity to introduce themselves directly to voters. All candidates’ names and statements, organized by council, will also published on the DOE website at a dedicated Citywide and Community Education Council (CCEC) Election page. We also encourage Parent Associations/Parent Teacher Associations (PAs/PTAs) and other educational organizations to host “meet the candidates” events, provided all candidates are invited. 

Technology—from web-based meeting platforms and social media to electronic communications—will play a central role in this year’s campaign. We encourage everyone to use this new virtual environment with professionalism, respect, and integrity, maintaining accessibility for all. Substantiated violations of the campaign rules may result in private or public censure, or disqualification.

Campaign Do's

  • Do create distribution lists so that you can easily send campaign materials to groups of potential voters by email, social media, and mail.
  • Do create a special email address that easily identifies your campaign communications (e.g., JohnDoe4CECXX@gmail.com).
  • Do use your personal social media accounts, blogs or websites to promote your candidacy.
  • Do write articles, op-eds, or blog posts, that help promote your opinions and knowledge about educational issues.
  • Do allow friends and family to volunteer to help you promote your campaign.
  • Do host and participate in virtual meetings and events that allow you to promote your ideas and provide potential voters the opportunity to ask you questions.
  • Do distribute flyers and other campaign materials in your neighborhood, at community meetings, near schools (not on DOE property), in parks or other public locations where you may find potential voters.
  • Do promote your candidacy at non-DOE public or private forums, like community board meetings, community precinct meetings, and other events.
  • Do bring and display campaign materials at DOE-sanctioned campaign events, like the Candidate Forums.
  • Do keep a record a record (e.g., receipts or invoices) of the money you spend on your campaign.

Campaign Don’ts

These guidelines generally reflect the provisions of Chancellor’s Regulation D-130, which governs the use of DOE buildings and resources by candidates for office. To the extent these guidelines extend or modify the provisions of CR D-130, they are subject to the approval of amendments to the regulation by the Panel for Educational Policy.

  • Don’t use contact information or distribution lists that you have obtained from a DOE employee or by virtue of a current or prior parent leadership role within the DOE.
  • Don't display backgrounds or other materials identifying you as a candidate, or campaign in DOE-supported virtual spaces (e.g., PA/PTA, Presidents’ Council, SLT, Title I PAC, DPAC, CPAC and CCEC meetings) except for DOE-sanctioned Candidate Forums, including meetings of parent organizations to which all candidates have been invited.
  • Don’t use school or DOE equipment or resources to make or distribute campaign materials.
  • Don’t post or distribute campaign materials in a school or DOE building, including by mailing the materials to the PA/PTA or anyone else.
  • Don’t send campaign materials to the official DOE email address of parent organizations.
  • Don’t post, or ask anyone to post, campaign materials on social media accounts or websites of any DOE-supported parent organization (e.g., PA/PTA, Presidents’ Council, SLT, Title I PAC, DPAC, CPAC and CCECs).
  • Don’t ask a DOE employee or a CCEC Administrative Assistant to distribute campaign materials on your behalf.
  • Don't run together with other candidates as an organized slate or alliance, including organizing joint events, producing joint flyers, cross-endorsing, or sharing slogans, taglines, logos or insignias.
  • Don't share campaign resources, or donate funds or services to other candidates.
  • Don't spend more than $500 dollars on your campaign.
  • Don’t solicit or accept campaign contributions or in-kind donations from any person or organization, including services such as phone banking or advertising.
  • Don't solicit or accept endorsements from elected officials, including current Community or Citywide Education Council members; from political, religious, or community-based organizations; unions or special-interest groups.

What if I do not qualify to be a Candidate?

For Community Education Councils: (One application for 1 link)

  • If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as one of the two Borough President appointees on each CEC. Qualifications include being a district resident or business owner with extensive business or education knowledge and experience; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-140.
  • Please note that the appointee process is separate from the elections. Download the Application for Borough President Appointee and follow the instructions and timeline for submission.

For Citywide Education Councils

Citywide Council on High Schools (Note: One application for all 4 links)

  • If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as the Public Advocate appointee on the CCHS. Qualifications include extensive business or education experience and knowledge; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-160.
  • Please note that the appointee process is separate from the elections. Download the Application for Public Advocate Appointee and follow the instructions and timeline for submission.

Citywide Council on Special Education

  • If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as one of the two Public Advocate appointees on the CCSE. Qualifications include extensive experience and knowledge in educating or employing persons with disabilities; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-150.
  • Please note that the appointee process is separate from the elections. Download the Application for Public Advocate Appointee and follow the instructions and timeline for submission.

Citywide Council on English Language Learners

  • If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as one of the two Public Advocate appointees on the CCELL. Qualifications include extensive experience and knowledge in the education of English Language Learners; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-170. Download the Application for Public Advocate Appointee and follow the instructions and timeline for submission.

Citywide Council on District 75

  • If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as one of the two Public Advocate appointees on the CCD75. Qualifications include extensive experience and knowledge in educating or employing persons with disabilities; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-150. Download the Application for Public Advocate Appointee and follow the instructions and timeline for submission.

Translation and Interpretation Services

Community and Citywide Education Council members have access to interpretation services at their meetings, so please do not hesitate to apply for a seat due to language differences. For members of the public, interpretation is available upon request at Community and Citywide Education Council meetings. Please note that due to limited resources, requests for interpretation should be placed at least 15 days ahead of a meeting. To request interpretation, please email the Community or Citywide Education Council. The email address of any Community Education Council is CEC [insert district number] @schools.nyc.gov. For example, CEC 1's email address is CEC1@schools.nyc.gov. The email addresses of the Citywide Education Councils are:

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