Rhode Island - Family Engagement in Local Governance: Stakeholders

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

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.2 Supportive and Nurturing School Community

G. Student, Family, and Community Engagement

    1. Each LEA shall provide a broad spectrum of activities, programs, and services that directly involve families in their children's education and personally engage families in the school. Therefore, each LEA shall adopt the national Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs, which state:
      • a. Communication: Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful;
      • b. Parenting: Parenting skills are promoted and supported;
      • c. Student Learning: Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning;
      • d. Volunteering: Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought; and
      • e. School Decision Making and Advocacy: Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
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