What's Required to Become a Member of the Board of Education in New York City?


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To become a member of the Panel for Educational Policy of the City School District of the City of New York, formerly known as the New York City Board of Education, and now abbreviated as the Panel for Educational Policy, the first requirement is that a Borough President or the Mayor must appoint the candidate. Specific residency and parental restrictions govern the eligibility requirements for candidates to become appointees, and then members of the Panel for Educational Policy.

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Every appointee of a Borough President must reside in the borough of appointment, and all must have a child attending a public school within the City School District. All Mayoral appointees must be resident within the city, while only two Mayoral appointees must be parents of a child attending a public school within the City School District. Parent members maintain their eligibility requirement to serve on Panel of Educational Policy for two years after their child concludes attendance at a public school in the City School District.

The Panel for Educational Policy has 13 appointed members and a Chancellor. The boroughs appoint five members, one for each borough, while the mayor appoints eight members. The Chancellor serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member. One voting member serves as a chairperson, elected by the members of the panel.

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