State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Family Engagement Framework: A Guide for Illinois School Districts, Schools and Families
The Family Engagement Standard of Effective Practice require district and school personnel to include parents in the decision-making process.
Illinois Administrative Code 23-1.410 Determination of the Instructional Program
Subject to the requirements listed in this Subpart D, the instructional program of a school district shall be determined by the board of education with involvement of parents, students, the professional staff, and the local community. The basic curriculum shall include organized experiences that provide each student ample opportunity to achieve the goals set forth in Appendix D of this Part and that meet the minimum program defined by the School Code and the State Board of Education. It is recommended that activities, including student internships and observations of government in action, be a part of the instructional program where appropriate.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-34-2.1. Local School Councils - Composition - Voter - Eligiblity - Elections - Terms.
(a) A local school council shall be established for each attendance center within the school district. Each local school council shall consist of the following 12 voting members: the principal of the attendance center, 2 teachers employed and assigned to perform the majority of their employment duties at the attendance center, 6 parents of students currently enrolled at the attendance center, one employee of the school district employed and assigned to perform the majority of his or her employment duties at the attendance center who is not a teacher, and 2 community residents. Neither the parents nor the community residents who serve as members of the local school council shall be employees of the Board of Education. In each secondary attendance center, the local school council shall consist of 13 voting members — the 12 voting members described above and one full-time student member, appointed as provided in subsection (m) below. In the event that the chief executive officer of the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees determines that a local school council is not carrying out its financial duties effectively, the chief executive officer is authorized to appoint a representative of the business community with experience in finance and management to serve as an advisor to the local school council for the purpose of providing advice and assistance to the local school council on fiscal matters. The advisor shall have access to relevant financial records of the local school council. The advisor may attend executive sessions. The chief executive officer shall issue a written policy defining the circumstances under which a local school council is not carrying out its financial duties effectively.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-34-2.2. Local school councils - Manner of operation.
(a) The annual organizational meeting of each local school council shall be held at the attendance center. At the annual organization meeting, which shall be held no sooner than July 1 and no later than July 14, a parent member of the local school council shall be selected by the members of such council as its chairperson, and a secretary shall be selected by the members of such council from among their number, each to serve a term of one year. Whenever a vacancy in the office of chairperson or secretary of a local school council shall occur, a new chairperson (who shall be a parent member) or secretary, as the case may be, shall be elected by the members of the local school council from among their number to serve as such chairperson or secretary for the unexpired term of office in which the vacancy occurs. At each annual organizational meeting, the time and place of any regular meetings of the local school council shall be fixed. Special meetings of the local school council may be called by the chairperson or by any 4 members by giving notice thereof in writing, specifying the time, place and purpose of the meeting. Public notice of meetings shall also be given in accordance with the Open Meetings Act [5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.].
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-34-2.3 Local school councils — Powers and duties.
- To approve a school improvement plan developed as provided in Section 34-2.4. The process and schedule for plan development shall be publicized to the entire school community, and the community shall be afforded the opportunity to make recommendations concerning the plan. At least twice a year the principal and local school council shall report publicly on progress and problems with respect to plan implementation.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-34-2.4. School improvement plan.
A 3-year local school improvement plan shall be developed and implemented at each attendance center. This plan shall reflect the overriding purpose of the attendance center to improve educational quality. The local school principal shall develop a school improvement plan in consultation with the local school council, all categories of school staff, parents and community residents. Once the plan is developed, reviewed by the professional personnel leadership committee, and approved by the local school council, the principal shall be responsible for directing implementation of the plan, and the local school council shall monitor its implementation. After the termination of the initial 3-year plan, a new 3-year plan shall be developed and modified as appropriate on an annual basis.
Local Wellness Policies: Regulations and Resources
Presentation addresses requirement for district-level wellness policies to allow parents, students, school staff members, school board members, school administrators, and the general public to participate in local wellness policy processes.
Local Wellness Policy Content Checklist
Checklist addresses requirement for district-level wellness policies to allow parents, students, school staff members, school board members, school administrators, and the general public to participate in local wellness policy processes.
Local Wellness Policy Template for Schools
Template addresses requirement for district-level wellness policies to allow parents, students, school staff members, school board members, school administrators, and the general public to participate in local wellness policy processes.