School Council Law

  • The Georgia General Assembly established School Councils in Georgia's A+ Education Reform Act of 2000. The Georgia laws that established and define school councils are kept up-to-date on the Internet in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). You can review these laws online at Specific sections of laws are marked with the “§” symbol. For example, an attorney discussing School Council law may refer to O.C.G.A. § 20–2–85 (which, when read aloud, might sound like O.C.G.A. twenty, two, eighty-five).

    School Council law is largely covered in the following code sections:

    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–85 - Legislative findings; role of local boards of education and school councils
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–86 - Operation of school councils; training programs; membership; management; roles and responsibilities

    Additional legal references to School Councils include:

    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–167 - Funding for direct instructional, media center, and staff development costs; computerized uniform budget and accounting system; submission of local budget to state board; provision of certain information by local boards; waiver of expenditure controls
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–182 - Program weights to reflect funds for payment of salaries and benefits; maximum class size; reporting requirements; application to specific school years
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–271 - Development of regional improvement plan; introduction of core services; instructional care teams; establishment of alternative methods of teacher certification
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–2–290 - Organization of schools; middle school programs; schedule
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–14–35 - Office powers; on-site audits; reporting findings and recommendations; authorization of other school audits
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–14–36 - Written procedures; training
    • O.C.G.A. § 20–14–41 - Appropriate levels of intervention for failing schools; master or management team; school improvement team; annual reports; data revision; hearing

    A reference from Georgia Board of Education Policy:

    • State Board Rule 160–3–3-.04 - Plan for professional learning (provided by the Georgia Department of Education)