School Governance Councils (SGC)
School Governance Councils provide a remarkable opportunity for Connecticut schools
to engage with families and community members in the essential dialogue about
student achievement and preparing all students for success.
School Governance Councils were created by the state’s recent education reform law (Public Act 10-111) to enable parents, school staff, students (where appropriate) and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement in the state’s lowest performing schools. School Governance Councils serve in an advisory capacity and are charged with assisting the school administration in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s achievement.
Full description of councils’ responsibilities [PDF] (Updated Sept. 2012)
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A Look at Stamford's School Governance Councils: Julia A Stark
October 4, 2012
|Legislation and State Policy
- Freedom of Information Act: School Governance Council meetings are public meetings. Councils must follow the Open Meetings Act. For more information
- A video presentation for School Governance Councils by Tom Hennick of the Freedom of Information Commission is available online.
- The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission's Web site has a number of useful resources.
- Authorizing State Legislation: Section 23 of Public Act 12-116 (Effective 7/1/2012)
- Commissioner’s Circular Letter (2010) - Overview of School Governance Council Requirements [PDF]
- CSDE Presentation on the SGCs Purpose and Requirements [PPT] (Updated 9/7/11)
- Schools Required to Implement Councils by January 15, 2011 [PDF] [DOC]
- Schools Required to Implement Councils by Nov. 1, 2011 [PDF] (Rev. 8/11)
- Frequently Asked Questions on School Governance Councils [PDF] (Updated 3/13)
Tools for School Governance Councils
- Conducting the Election and Nomination Processes [PDF] [DOC]
- Sample Documents
- Candidate Information Form [DOC]
- Election Ballot [DOC]
- Nomination Form [DOC]
- Recruitment Flyer [DOC]
- Implementing Effective School-Parent Compacts
- Getting Started: Setting Goals and Activities - Sample goal setting and planning exercises [PDF] [DOC]
- CSDE’s Position Statement on School-Family-Community Partnerships for Student Success [PDF]
- Policy Guidance for CSDE’s Position Statement on School-Family-Community Partnerships for Student Success [PDF]
- Training and Consultation Resources for School Governance Councils [PDF]
- Resources for Conducting School Governance Council Elections [PDF]
- Resources for developing bylaws from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) are available. View resources now!
|School Governance Council State Advisory Group
In addition, CSDE has formed an advisory group for School Governance Councils that meets regularly to provide input and advice on implementing the new legislation authorizing School Governance Councils.
Organizations Represented on the Council’s State Advisory Group: [DOC
Judy Carson, Ph.D.
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
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