The A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 established school councils in Georgia to “bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to:
Solve difficult education problems,
Improve academic achievement,
Provide support for teachers and administrators, and
Bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.”
Who serves on a School Council?
School councils are comprised of a minimum of seven council members:
At least two certificated teachers elected by the teachers
A number of parents (or guardians) elected by the parents, so that parents (or guardians) make up a majority of the council. At least 2 parents must be businesspersons
Other members as specified in the council’s bylaws
Council members serve a term of two years, or for a term specified in the council’s bylaws.
What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Council Members?
All members of the School Council must:
Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues,
Regularly participate in council meetings,
Participate in information and training programs,
Act as a link between the school council and the community,
Encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community, and
Work to improve student achievement and performance