State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Oklahoma Administrative Code 210:10-1-11 Advisory councils
(a) Membership/functions. Membership of such councils shall be representative of the people to be served. Parent and community involvement does not mean making policy decisions or exercising control in place of certified educators and duly selected boards. Advisory councils are for advice as the name implies, not control, and this Board, as local boards should, too, reaffirms and expects that all such committees or groups will abide by the rules, regulations, and policies of the school district wherein administration, operation, and regulation are functions assigned to professional educators. (b) Selection. Except where specified differently by law, members on advisory councils shall be recommended by the Superintendent or Executive Officer of the Board. Names are usually solicited from subordinate administrators and other knowledgeable leaders. Where special parent advisory councils or other committees are required, this Board expects the law, whether federal or state, to be enforced and the council established. (c) Reimbursement. Advisory council members who are performing substantial and necessary service may be reimbursed for such expenses, according to the State Travel and Reimbursement Act (74-500.1-500.35), State Purchasing Laws (74-85), State Board rules and regulations, and local policies at the district level.
Oklahoma Administrative Code 210:35-3-69 Climate
(a) The school climate shall be conducive to learning. (b) The school staff shall assess its climate, share the results of the assessment with the staff, and have a plan for maintaining an atmosphere that is responsive to the needs of the students. (c) There shall be activities within the school that provide for and/or facilitate the positive self-esteem of students and staff members. (d) The school shall provide appropriate opportunities for involving students, parents, staff members, and community representatives in decision-making. [Reference: 70:5-117.4; SL Section 68.1 Adoption of Four-Year Improvement Plan by Board of Education] (e) The school shall assist parents in developing those skills and attitudes necessary for helping their children succeed in school. (f) The school shall provide a handbook for students, parents, and teachers which includes information on such matters as homework policies, behavior codes, grading policies, and other kinds of information important to students, parents, guardians, and staff members. The behavior code shall be developed with the appropriate involvement of students, staff, and parents. (g) The school shall provide organizations, activities, and leadership groups that offer opportunities for recognition of student accomplishments. (h) Parents shall receive regular and frequent communication from the school. Other members of the community shall be kept informed about school activities.
Oklahoma Statutes 70-5-117.4 School improvement plan.
A. Each local board of education shall, after convening an advisory council that includes teachers and parents, and after holding at least one public hearing, adopt a six-year school improvement plan for the district. Each school improvement plan shall include stated goals that clearly delineate educational expectations, and shall be annually monitored and updated as necessary. The alternative education plan for the school district as required in subsection B of Section 1210.566 of this title shall be included in the school improvement plan. The plan shall also include a specific program of improvement through academic skill reinforcement and/or remediation pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act. The plan shall include an evaluation of the instructional program in the basic skills areas as specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection A of Section 11-103 of this title and specific plans whereby schools within the district will initiate the planning process of meeting or exceeding the accreditation requirements in Section 3-104.4 of this title. The six-year school improvement plan shall include a consideration of the feasibility of participation in any programs which consist of state exemption from educational-related statutes or rules.