The A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 established school councils in Georgia to “bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to:  solve difficult education problems, Improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.”

  • Who serves on a School Council?

    School councils are comprised of a minimum of seven council members:

    1. The principal
    2. At least two certificated teachers elected by the teachers
    3. A number of parents (or guardians) elected by the parents, so that parents (or guardians) make up a majority of the council.
    4. At least 2 parents must be businesspersons
    5. Other members as specified in the council’s bylaws
    6. Council members serve a term of two years, or for a term specified in the council’s bylaws

  • Roles & Responsibilities for Local School Council Members

    1. All members of the School Council must:
    2. Maintain a school-wide perspective on issues
    3. Regularly participate in council meetings
    4. Participate in information and training programs
    5. Act as a link between the school council and the community
    6. Encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community, and
    7. Work to improve student achievement and performance