Community and Citywide Education Councils work with the Chancellor and district superintendents to review educational programs in each school district. 

There are 32 Community Education Councils in New York City. Each community school district that includes public Kindergarten through 8th grade must have a Community Education Council.

There are also four Citywide Education Councils that advocate for students in special populations, including:

  • High schools
  • English Language Learners
  • District 75
  • Special Education

Parents and guardians of NYC public schools can apply to run for an Education Council seat beginning on February 1, 2021.

For parents and guardians to run or vote, they must first:

  • Sign up for a NYCSA by going to, and
  • Add their students to their NYCSA.

Parents and guardians can contact their schools parent coordinator for assistance with setting up their account, if they do not already have one.

Learn more about education councils.

Get information about Education Council elections.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

All Community and Citywide Education Council members are selected for 2-year terms by the officers of the Parent Associations or Parent Teacher Associations (PA/PTAs) of the schools in their district.

The new term will begin July 1, 2021 and continue through June 30, 2023.

  • February 1 to February 28: Applicants can fill out the Education Council online application
  • April 5 to April 30: Virtual candidate forums 
  • May 1 to May 11: Voting period 
  • May 14: Runoff elections 
  • June 26: Orientation
  • July 1: New term begins