Connecticut - 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.

General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-223j. School governance councils.

(b) (1) The school governance council for a high school shall consist of (A) seven members who shall be parents or guardians of students attending the school, (B) two members who shall be community leaders within the school district, (C) five members who shall be teachers at the school, (D) one nonvoting member who is the principal of the school, or his or her designee, and (E) two nonvoting student members who shall be students at the school. The parent or guardian members shall be elected by the parents or guardians of students attending the school, provided, for purposes of the election, each household with a student attending the school shall have one vote. The community leader members shall be elected by the parent or guardian members and teacher members of the school governance council. The teacher members shall be elected by the teachers of the school. The nonvoting student members shall be elected by the student body of the school.

(2) The school governance council for an elementary or a middle school shall consist of (A) seven members who shall be parents or guardians of students attending the school, (B) two members who shall be community leaders within the school district, (C) five members who shall be teachers at the school, and (D) one nonvoting member who is the principal of the school, or his or her designee. The parent or guardian members shall be elected by the parents or guardians of students attending the school, provided, for purposes of the election, each household with a student attending the school shall have one vote. The community leader members shall be elected by the parent or guardian members and teacher members of the school governance council. The teacher members shall be elected by the teachers of the school.

(3) Terms of voting members elected pursuant to this subsection shall be for two years and no members shall serve more than two terms on the council. The nonvoting student members shall serve one year and no student member shall serve more than two terms on the council.

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