State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Minnesota Statutes 120B.11 School district process for reviewing curriculum instruction and student achievement; striving for the world's best workforce.
Subd. 3. District advisory committee. Each school board shall establish an advisory committee to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and district academic Standard, consistent with subdivision 2. A district advisory committee, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its school sites, include teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents, and provide translation to the extent appropriate and practicable. The district advisory committee shall pursue community support to accelerate the academic and native literacy and achievement of English learners with varied needs, from young children to adults, consistent with section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and 2a. The district may establish site teams as subcommittees of the district advisory committee under subdivision 4. The district advisory committee shall recommend to the school board rigorous academic Standard, student achievement goals and measures consistent with subdivision 1a and sections 120B.022, subdivisions 1a and 1b, and 120B.35, district assessments, means to improve students’ equitable access to effective and more diverse teachers, and program evaluations. School sites may expand upon district evaluations of instruction, curriculum, assessments, or programs. Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of advisory committee members.
Minnesota Statutes 123B. 04 Site decision making; individualized learning agreement; other agreements
Subd. 2. Agreement. (b) Upon the request of 60 percent of the licensed employees of a site or a school site decision-making team, the school board shall enter into discussions to reach an agreement concerning the governance, management, or control of the school. A school site decision-making team may include the school principal, teachers in the school or their designee, other employees in the school, representatives of pupils in the school, or other members in the community. A school site decision-making team must include at least one parent of a pupil in the school. For purposes of formation of a new site, a school site decision-making team may be a team of teachers that is recognized by the board as a site. The school site decision-making team shall include the school principal or other person having general control and supervision of the school. The site decision-making team must reflect the diversity of the education site. At least one-half of the members shall be employees of the district, unless an employee is the parent of a student enrolled in the school site, in which case the employee may elect to serve as a parent member of the site team. (c) School site decision-making agreements must delegate powers, duties, and broad management responsibilities to site teams and involve staff members, students as appropriate, and parents in decision making.
Minnesota Statutes 124D.895 Parental involvement programs
Subdivision 1. Program goals. — The department, in consultation with the state curriculum advisory committee, must develop guidelines and model plans for parental involvement programs that will:
(5) encourage parents to actively participate in their district’s curriculum advisory committee under section 120B.11 in order to assist the school board in improving children’s education programs.
Minnesota Statutes 124D.8955 Parent and family involvement policy
(a) In order to promote and support student achievement, a local school board is encouraged to formally adopt and implement a parent and family involvement policy that promotes and supports:
(1) oral and written communication between home and school that is regular, two-way, meaningful, and in families’ native language;
(2) parenting skills;
(3) parents and caregivers who play an integral role in assisting student learning and learn about fostering students’ academic success and learning at home and school;
(4) welcoming parents in the school and using networks that support families’ cultural connections, seeking their support and assistance;
(5) partnerships with parents in the decisions that affect children and families in the schools; and
(6) providing community resources to strengthen schools, families, and student learning.
(b) A school board that implements a parent and family involvement policy under paragraph (a) must convene an advisory committee composed of an equal number of resident parents who are not district employees and school staff to make recommendations to the board on developing and evaluating the board’s parent and family involvement policy. If possible, the advisory committee must represent the diversity of the district. The advisory committee must consider the district’s demographic diversity and barriers to parent involvement when developing its recommendations. The advisory committee must present its recommendations to the board for board consideration.
Minnesota Statutes 260A.05 School Attendance Review Boards
Subdivision 1. Establishment. — A school district or charter school may establish one or more school attendance review boards to exercise the powers and duties in this section. The school district or charter school board shall appoint the members of the school attendance review board and designate the schools within the board’s jurisdiction. Members of a school attendance review board may include:
(3) parent representatives;