LMUTA encourages members to participate in financial decisions at your sites by seeking election to serve on your School Site Council. Teacher union members who are active in School Site Councils provide important stakeholder input into expenditure of site funds. Criteria for School Site Councils are outlined in the California Education Code. A SSC must, by law, comply with these laws, and teachers serving on SSC should communicate with staff about the decisions contemplated or made by this body.
Functions of a School Site Council:
- Develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). Ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices.
- Develop a budget for site funds aligned to the SPSA.
- Recommend SPSA to the School Board.
- Recommend a plan for use of other categorical or supplemental funds to the School Board.
- Annually review and revise the SPSA.
Composition of a School Site Council:
The School Site Council membership includes two equal halves, one-half represents the school staff with a majority of its members as teachers. The principal and other staff representative(s) are also members;
The other half represents parents and community. In elementary schools, a majority of its members must be parents of participating pupils. In secondary schools, this group must include students, and parents or community members. The number of non-staff members must be equal in number to the school staff half of the Council.
School staff members must be selected by peers in a democratically conducted process. The parent/community half of the Council must be selected by parents. Students must select student members.
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