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School Councils

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Letter from the Commissioner

PART ONE: Vision

PART TWO: Legal Responsibilities

  1. Establishment of Councils
  2. Membership Composition
  3. Membership Selection
  4. Councils' Responsibilities: General
  5. Councils' Responsibilities: School Improvement Plans
  6. Internal Operations
  7. Accountability and Oversight

PART THREE: Suggested Practices in Implementing the Letter and the Spirit of the School Councils Law

  1. Membership
  2. Decision Making and Internal Organization of the Council
  3. Representation and Community Outreach
  4. Self-Assessment and Improvement


Statutory Language for Councils

Last Updated: January 27, 1994
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