All schools in Colorado have parents at the helm of an Accountability Committee, making sure performance, budgeting, and other important school issues are up to snuff.
Want to dig deep into what these Accountability Committees can and should be doing? Click here.
FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW, HERE ARE FOUR QUICK POINTS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR FROM YOUR SCHOOL’S ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE:
1. The School Accountability Committee can be elected or appointed – it’s up to your school board. Regardless, there must be representation by:
- The school principal or the principal’s designee
- At least one teacher who provides instruction at the school
- At least three parents of students enrolled in the school
- At least one adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school, and
- At least one person from the community.
2. Whether elected or appointed, the makeup of the board should reflect student diversity.
3. A parent should be selected as co-chair or chair of the committee.
4. The committee’s duties include:
- Meeting at least quarterly
- Making recommendations about the school’s budget
- Making recommendations about a school Performance or Improvement Plan
- Holding public meetings about strategies for the aforementioned plans
- Assisting the district and school personnel to increase parent engagement with teachers.
Never heard of a School Accountability Committee or want to know more about how to get involved? Contact your local school board or your school’s principal.
And, check out this blog post over at Chalkbeat Colorado with more about the nuances of School Accountability Committees, district-to-district.
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