State law requires districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.
SC Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy Family Engagement Framework
Strategies for success include devleoping and disseminating information about family-centered learning opportunities and increasing resources
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-141-10. National education goals.
The Department of Education, building upon the South Carolina Total Quality Education Framework for Change and the South Carolina Goals Panel Report shall formulate this plan, which must focus on equity, productivity, and interagency collaboration to meet the National Goals by the year 2000.
The plan at a minimum shall address:
- (g) a system for coordinating interagency funds to support health, social, and education services to children and families
This plan shall reflect a systemic approach that applies the principles of Total Quality Management and strategies of effectiveness which reflect state accountability, local school district accountability, and community accountability. The plan must relate to learning and school effectiveness Standard developed by the State Board of Education through the State Department of Education, to restructuring efforts that relate to local school districts, and to partnerships that relate to local communities. Examples of these Standard and efforts include:
- (11) motivational programs for students and parents
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-20-60 Spending priority; audits; evaluations and reports; statewide testing programs; Innovation Initiative; improvement councils; Education Finance Review Committee.
(4) Each plan shall provide for an Innovation Initiative, designed to encourage innovative and comprehensive approaches based on strategies identified in the research literature to be effective. The Innovation Initiative must be utilized by school districts to implement innovative approaches designed to improve student learning and accelerate the performance of all students. Funds may be expended on strategies in one or more of the following four categories:
- (d) creating appropriate relationships between schools and other social service agencies by improving relationships between the school and community agencies (health, social, mental health), parents and the business community, and by establishing procedures that cooperatively focus the resources of the greater community upon barriers to success in school, particularly in the areas of early childhood and parenting programs, after-school programs, and adolescent services.
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-5-65 Powers and responsibilities of State Board of Education
(11) Adopt policies and procedures for the local school districts to follow whereby:
- (a) Regular conferences between parents and teachers are encouraged.
- (b) Each school has active parent and teacher participation on the School Improvement Council and in parent-teacher groups.
- (c) Parenting classes and seminars are made readily available in every school district.