Community Education Councils (CEC)

What is a Community Education Council?
Community Education Councils (CECs) are education policy advisory bodies responsible for reviewing and evaluating schools’ instructional programs, approving zoning lines, and advising the Chancellor. CECs play an essential role in shaping education policies for the New York City public schools. Each CEC consists of nine elected parent volunteers who provide hands-on leadership and support for their community's public schools. Council members hold meetings at least every month with the superintendent and public at-large to discuss the current state of the schools in the district.

How many CECs are there?
There are 32 CECs in New York City. Each CEC covers a Community School District representing current K-8 students in the district.

Who can serve on a CEC?
Nine (9) parents of students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth grade who currently attend a school under the jurisdiction of the community school district in which the parents wish to serve on the CEC.Two (2) residents and/or local business owners appointed by the borough president; andOne (1) non-voting high school senior who lives in the district and is an elected leader at his or her school.