Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council

Elected parent leaders representing 1.1 million New York City public school students and their families.

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Who We Are

About CPAC

The Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) is comprised of the presidents of the 38 Presidents' Councils or their designees. CPAC works as a team to identify concerns, trends, and policy issues and to advise the Chancellor on DOE policies.

The Executive Board

The CPAC Executive Board is made up of the officers of CPAC. The Board is responsible for providing support for our members, scheduling and planning CPAC meetings, facilitating all CPAC communication, coordinating CPAC committees, and working with our membership to develop CPAC positions on DOE policy and programs.

The Members

CPAC is comprised of the presidents of the 32 community district Presidents' Councils, the 5 borough high school Presidents' Councils, and the president of the D75 Council -- or their designees. Each Presidents' Council CPAC representative brings invaluable experience and perspective to CPAC, participating in discussions and committees, voting on CPAC positions and motions, and joining in DOE focus groups. They bring back important information from CPAC to their Presidents' Council and solicit feedback from their councils. CPAC representatives are a vital link in the dialogue that takes place between the DOE and parents on vital issues affecting all our children.

The Committees

CPAC has a variety of committees to help further its missions. The Standing Committees of CPAC include:

  • the Bilingual/English Language Learner (ELL) Committee,
  • Special Education Committee,
  • Title 1 Committee,
  • Legislative/Lobby Day Committee, and
  • the CPAC Position Committee.

Ad hoc committees can be established at any time and currently include:

  • the Safety Committee
  • the Alumni Committee
  • the Gifted and Talented Committee
  • the High School Committee
  • the Communications Committee

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ByLaws are the rules and regulations that provide a framework for our operation and management. You can download them here



Minutes are the records kept of each meeting. They are not verbatim transcripts of the meeting but instead note attendance at meetings, provide highlights of speaker presentations, describe issues under consideration by CPAC, and track all votes and decisions made by CPAC members present at the meeting. You can browse all here.


Position Papers

CPAC votes on positions on a variety to educational topics of importance to our members. We annually approve our Lobby Day Position paper which accompanies our parent leaders when they visit our elected officials in Albany. Many of our position papers focus on specific topics and outline our rationale for change and suggestions for improvement. We also write letters to the Chancellor or other senior members of the Chancellor’s team regarding concerns expressed by the CPAC membership.

Educate Me!


A brief synopsis of CPAC meetings, providing highlights and takeaways on a more timely basis than minutes. Highlights are not minutes and have not been approved by the membership, although they have been reviewed by the Executive Board.

Enlighten Me!

Best Practices

Documents designed to help parent leaders run their PAs and PTAs more effectively and better participate in school governance. They are living documents that can be updated and modified at any time.

Take Me There!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Membership and Qualifications

Who are the voting members of CPAC?

The voting members of CPAC consist of the president or designee from each of the 32 district community Presidents’ Councils, the 5 borough high school Presidents’ Councils/Federation, and the District 75 Presidents’ Council.

Who is the CPAC voting member if the Presidents’ Council elects co-Presidents?

The co-presidents will decide who will serve as the CPAC voting member. Each Presidents’ Council has only one voting member and this position cannot rotate. Presidents’ Councils can change their voting member with 10-days notice to CPAC.

What if the Presidents’ Council president (or co-presidents) cannot serve as the CPAC representative?

Then the Council or Federation must select a designee, who must be approved by the general membership of the Presidents’ Council or Federation.

What happens if a CPAC voting member is unable to attend a CPAC meeting?

Then the Presidents’ Council president may select an alternate. Written notification must be provided to CPAC. If the alternate is the Presidents’ Council president, he/she may participate fully at the CPAC meeting. If the alternate is not the Presidents’ Council president, the alternate is eligible to speak as a voting member but may not vote as a CPAC member or act as a CPAC member at formal CPAC meetings or feedback sessions with the DOE.

Who votes if both the Presidents’ Council /Federation designee to CPAC and the Presidents’ Council President attend CPAC?

Only the designee votes, as he/she is the official representative from the Presidents’ Council/Federation to CPAC.

Roles and Responsibilities of CPAC Voting Members

What do CPAC voting members do?

CPAC voting members are expected to attend and participate in all CPAC meetings. They disseminate information from CPAC to their constituents and represent the views of their constituents. They vote on positions and motions taken by CPAC. They serve on CPAC committees. They are expected to inform CPAC of their successor, including providing the successor’s email address to CPAC.

What role can non-voting members play?

CPAC welcomes non-voting members who wish to actively engage with CPAC. Non-voting members are welcome to attend CPAC meetings and participate if time permits. Non-voting members may serve on committees and vote on committees on which they serve.

Officers and Elections

When are CPAC elections held for the Executive Board

Annually, at the October meeting.

Who is eligible to run?

Eligibility for all offices (except Parliamentarian) is limited to CPAC voting members.

Are there additional requirements from the CPAC chair (or co-chairs) and 1st Vice President?

Yes. Eligibility for the Office of Chair and First Vice Chair is limited to those voting members who served on CPAC as a voting member during the previous academic school year and attended at least 6 general membership meetings during the previous 13 months.

Are there term limits?

Yes. No officer is allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms in an office. This stipulation can be waived for one additional term if there is no eligible and willing candidate.