A School Council is a representative committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members of a particular school. A council is required under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C. Meetings are typically held monthly in the school for which the Council represents.
The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:
- Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
- Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
- Reviewing the annual school building budget
- Formulating a school improvement plan