State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 XXXIX 301. Development of a Local Plan
A. Committee of Educators
- The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the DOE require assurances that the local education agency (LEA) Supervisors of Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Adult Education, Title I, teachers and principals and other individuals deemed appropriate by the local Superintendent are included in the development of the parish pupil progression plan. B. Committee of Parents
- A committee representing the parents of the school district shall be appointed by each city and parish school board. Procedures shall be established whereby this committee shall be informed of the development of the pupil progression plan. Opportunities shall be provided for parents to have input into the development of the local plan.
- Due process and equal protection considerations require the local board to include on the parent committee representatives of various disability groups, racial, socio economic, and ethnic groups from the local district.
- The local board shall provide staff support to the parent committee. C. The LEA shall keep on file a written description of the method of selection, composition, function and activities of the local committees.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:406.3. Parental advocacy.
The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop and issue necessary and appropriate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Part. Such rules and regulations shall include but need not be limited to a requirement that the state Department of Education, each city and parish school board, and each public elementary and secondary school identify a person or persons who shall serve as a parental advocate for the respective school, school board, or state agency. It shall be the function of each such parental advocate to develop and encourage positive means for increasing parental and family involvement and participation in the process of learning by children and in the life of the schools, to listen to and seek to resolve complaints made by parents and families against the respective school, school board, or state agency, and to assist the administrators and other employees of the respective school, school board, and state agency to improve communication and coordination with parents and families.
School System Family Engagement Policy Template
Template on implementing family engagement policies.