Run for a Seat on a Council

Elections 2021: Run. Serve. Lead.

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Candidate Forums will be held from March 15 through April 30

A complete schedule will be posted here shortly.

For the first time voting is open to parents of all students. To vote parents will need to have an NYC Schools Account that has all of their students registered. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, or need assistance registering your children to your existing account, please contact your Parent Coordinator or Family Leadership Coordinator (FLC) for assistance.

Voting will be from May 1 to May 11.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

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?

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 parents 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 “” email address.
  • Accept endorsements from public officials or campaign contributions.
  • Use school or DOE equipment and resources to make or distribute campaign materials.

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] For example, CEC 1's email address is The email addresses of the Citywide Education Councils are:

2021 Election Calendar

  • February 1 – February 28: Application period
  • March 15 - April 30: Virtual Candidate Forums
  • May 1 - May 11: Voting period
  • May 14: Runoff elections
  • June 26: Orientation
  • New term: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
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