The California Education Code requires the school site council to develop a Single┬áPlan for Student Achievement for Consolidated Application programs operated at the┬áschool or in which the school participates. In addition, Pupil Retention and School and┬áLibrary Improvement Block Grant programs operated at the school must be included┬áin the SPSA. The school site council must approve the plan, recommend it to the┬álocal governing board for approval, monitor implementation of the plan, and evaluate┬áthe results. At least annually, the school site council must revise the plan, including┬áproposed expenditures of funds allocated to the school through the Consolidated┬áApplication, and recommend it to the local governing board for approval.
The means of selecting school site council members are not specified in law, except that┬ámembers must be chosen by peers. No additional membership qualifications may be required. Beyond┬áthe composition requirements stated above, no seat on the school site council may be reserved for any┬ágroup or individual. Membership in most school site councils is determined by ballot, but could be┬ádecided in an open meeting by voice vote.
To ensure broad support for the selection process, and to avoid controversy over the selection of school┬ásite council members, board policy or school site council bylaws may specify:
ΓÇó┬áThe means of selecting members and officers
ΓÇó┬áTerms of office for members and officers
ΓÇó┬áThe notice of elections for each peer group
ΓÇó┬áThe responsibilities of the school site council and time commitment involved
ΓÇó┬áA policy of nondiscrimination, as may occur by limiting membership to a select group
Composition of the school site council is specified in the California Education Code as follows:
The school site council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers┬áselected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school┬ápersonnel at the school, parents of students attending the school selected by such parents;┬áand, in secondary schools, students selected by students attending the school.┬áAt the secondary level, the school site council shall be constituted to ensure parity between┬á(a) the principal, classroom teachers, and other school personnel, and (b) equal numbers of┬áparents or other community members selected by parents, and students.