California - Family Engagement in Local Governance: Stakeholders

Area: 
Stakeholders
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

California Education Code 52852 Schoolsite Councils

(a) A schoolsite council shall be established at each school that participates in school-based program coordination. The schoolsite council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by the parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school.

(b)

  • (1) At the elementary level, the schoolsite council shall be constituted to ensure parity between (A) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel; and (B) parents or other community members selected by parents.

  • (2) At the secondary level, the schoolsite council shall be constituted to ensure parity between (A) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel; and (B) an equal number of parents, or other community members selected by parents, and pupils.

  • (3) At both the elementary and secondary levels, classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of persons represented under subparagraph (A) of paragraphs (1) and (2).

(c) Existing schoolwide advisory groups or school support groups may be utilized as the schoolsite council if those groups conform to this section.

(d) The Superintendent shall provide several examples of selection and replacement procedures that may be considered by schoolsite councils.

(e) An employee of a school who is also a parent or guardian of a pupil who attends a school other than the school of the parent’s or guardian’s employment is not disqualified by virtue of this employment from serving as a parent representative on the schoolsite council established for the school that his or her child or ward attends.

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