SDE: School Governance Councils (SGC)

School Governance Councils (SGC)

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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. 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]
Success Story!
A Look at Stamford's School Governance Councils: Julia A Stark

Upcoming Events!
Watch for new events!

Overview of School Governance Councils - Webinar
Co-sponsored by SERC
Legislation and State Policy
Authorizing State Legislation: Section 23 of Public Act 12-116 [PDF]  
Commissioner's Letter (2013) - Amendments to School Governance Council legislation and requirement for additional schools to implement councils. [PDF]
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.
Commissioner’s Circular Letter (2010) - Overview of School Governance Council Requirements [PDF] Spanish Version [PDF
Schools Required to Implement Councils [PDF  
Use of Similar Model Application [PDF 

Tools for School Governance Councils
Guidance for School Governance Councils on Membership and Election Procedures [PDF 
Overview of School Governance Councils and Election Process
  PowerPoint Presentation [PDF
Sample Documents
  • Candidate Information Form [DOC] Spanish Version  [DOC]
  • Election Ballot [DOC] Spanish Version  [DOC]
  • Nomination Form [DOC] Spanish Version  [DOC]
  • Recruitment Flyer [DOC]  Spanish Version  [DOC]
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 here
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]

Contact Information

Judy Carson, Ph.D.

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