State law encourages parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-305. Development and adoption of program to promote involvement of parents and guardians.
(b) The policy adopted by the LEA pursuant to this section may also include the following components:
- (1) A plan by which parents will be made aware of the district's parental involvement policy and this section, including:
- (A) Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. § 1232 et seq.), relating to access to children's official records; and
- (B) Information through which parents may access LEA policies and curriculum;
- (2) Efforts to encourage the development of parenting skills;
- (3) The communication to parents of techniques designed to assist the child's learning experience in the home;
- (4) Efforts to encourage access to community and support services for children and families;
- (5) The promotion of communication between the school and parents concerning school programs and the academic progress of the parents' children;
- (6) Identifying opportunities for parents to participate in and support classroom instruction in the school, including:
- (A) Organizing fundraising initiatives;
- (B) Volunteering as a field trip chaperone;
- (C) Assisting in the library, computer lab or on the playground;
- (D) Offering after school clubs; and
- (E) Recycling clothes;
- (7) Efforts to support parents as shared decision-makers and to encourage membership on school advisory committees;
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-210. School based decision making.
(a) Any local board of education may initiate a program of school based decision making and may designate areas including, but not limited to, management, curriculum, classroom management, professional development and budget to be decided at the school by school personnel, including classroom teachers.
(b) Any board of education establishing a program of school based decision making shall define the procedures for implementation of its policies. Policies should recognize that school based decision making is a collaborative approach to planning and problem solving. Board policies may include guidelines for the participation of school personnel and others, including teachers, students, parents of students and other persons in the local community.
(c) The board may permit such decisions as are made locally to be at variance with board policies. If the local decisions impact rules and policies of the state board of education or the commissioner of education, they shall be implemented pursuant to § 49-1-207, except that there shall be no limit to the number of systems participating. No such local decisions shall have the effect of nullifying requirements of law.