Tennessee - Family Engagement in Local Governance: Stakeholders

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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;
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