PLACE NYC Recommends Candidates for NYC Citywide and Community Education Council Elections

New York, NY – Parent-led education advocacy group PLACE NYC is pleased to announce recommended candidates for the Citywide and Community Education Council (CCEC) Elections that commences today, April 21, 2023 through May 9, 2023. The recommended candidates best align with PLACE NYC’s advocacy for rigorous education and expansion of accelerated programs to meet the learning needs of all students. 

Our recommendations for the 2023-2025 term of office are available on our website at, and include candidates for Community Education Councils (CEC), Citywide Council for High Schools (CCHS), English Language Learners (CCELL) and students with disabilities (CCSE and CCD75). 

The 2021 CCEC Elections was the first time all families were able to directly vote for their representatives. PLACE NYC recommended candidates won seats in key school districts including sweeping CEC District 2 in Manhattan and becoming the majority on an important citywide council, Citywide Council on High Schools which advocates for over 300,000 families in NYC. 

Since being elected in 2021, PLACE-endorsed Council Members have tirelessly engaged with Chancellor Banks and senior leaders at DOE to reinstate and expand the citywide Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs, reinstate academic screening to Middle and High Schools and expand the number of Specialized High Schools. Many PLACE-recommended Council Members stood alongside Chancellor David Banks at DOE headquarters when he announced the retention and expansion of G&T in 2022 to every district. 

“The strong showings of candidates recommended by PLACE reflect the hopes and aspirations of countless families for expanded merit-based and rigorous education opportunities. PLACE NYC is honored to continue to play a key role in this year’s elections,” said Yiatin Chu, Co-Vice President and co-founder of PLACE NYC.

We urge NYC families to support PLACE NYC’s advocacy for rigorous academics and access to accelerated education by logging on to their NYC School Account ( and voting for our recommended candidates. Elections have consequences and the CEC elections are no different. 

“The academic bar has dropped too low — the future education of our children depends on having strong parent voices elected to these Councils,” said Jean Hahn, Co-Vice President of PLACE NYC. 


PLACE NYC (Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education) advocates for challenging and rigorous education for every public school student starting at elementary school to inspire classrooms of lifelong learners and to provide access and opportunity so students can achieve their full potential. Learn more about PLACE NYC.