School Councils

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School councils are similar to Parent Teacher Associations in that they give recommendations to principals and school boards on a variety of issues. They differ in that councils tend to also include students, non-teaching staff members and community representatives. 

According to the Ontario-based non-profit People for Education, "school councils provide advice to the principal and school board. Every school must have a school council, and members include parents, the principal, a teacher, a student (in high schools), a non-teaching staff member and a community representative. The majority of members must be parents, and the chair must be a parent. Principals do not vote on school council decisions." [1]

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Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

A case study of Kentucky's use of School Councils can be found at

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