Arkansas - Family Engagement in Local Governance: Stakeholders

Area: 
Stakeholders
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-13-1302. Site-Based Decision Making. Definitions

As used in this subchapter:

  • (1) "Classified employee" means any person for whom licensure is not required as the basis of employment in the public schools of the state;
  • (2) "Licensed employee" means any person for whom licensure is required as the basis of employment in the public schools of the state;
  • (3) "Parent" means any parent, legal guardian, or other person having custody or charge of a student enrolled in a public school; and
  • (4) "Site-based decision making" means a joint planning and problem-solving process implemented within a local school building, providing for a sharing of power, authority, and responsibility among teachers, administrators, and parents, and designed to shift decision making activity to the local building level.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-13-1302. Site-Based Decision Making. Definitions

As used in this subchapter:

  • (1) "Classified employee" means any person for whom licensure is not required as the basis of employment in the public schools of the state;
  • (2) "Licensed employee" means any person for whom licensure is required as the basis of employment in the public schools of the state;
  • (3) "Parent" means any parent, legal guardian, or other person having custody or charge of a student enrolled in a public school; and
  • (4) "Site-based decision making" means a joint planning and problem-solving process implemented within a local school building, providing for a sharing of power, authority, and responsibility among teachers, administrators, and parents, and designed to shift decision making activity to the local building level.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-13-1304. Site-Based Decision Making. School council established -- Members

The school district policy adopted by the board of directors and licensed faculty of a local school district shall require the following when any local school building site elects to implement site-based decision making under the provisions of this subchapter:

  • (1) (A)  (i) A school council shall be established, composed of teachers, classified employees, and the building principal or administrator.

    • (ii) A majority of the council shall be made up of teachers.
      • (B)
        • (i) The teacher representatives on the council shall be elected by a majority of the teachers in a secret ballot election conducted by the teachers in the building.
        • (ii) The classified employee representatives shall be elected by a majority of the classified employees in a secret ballot election conducted by the classified employees.
  • (2)

    • (A) The school council may include parent representatives if two-thirds (2/3) of the parents present at a meeting called for that purpose vote to participate in site-based decision making.
    • (B) The parent representatives on the council shall be elected by the parents at a meeting called for that purpose and shall not be relatives of any employee of the school or any board member; and
  • (3) Members of the school council shall elect a chair, vice chair, and secretary.

--- 2017 Arkansas Code 6-13-1303. Site-Based Decision Making. Adoption of policy

(a) Following a secret ballot vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the licensed employees in a local building site to implement site-based decision making, the local school district board of directors may adopt a policy for implementing site-based decision making in the school district, to include, but not be limited to, a description of how school district policies have been amended to allow school employees at the local school building site to be involved in the decision-making process as they work to meet educational goals.

(b) For the policy to be implemented, it must be adopted by a majority of the board of directors of the school district.

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