Parent and community support is an important component of successful education reform. Local school councils were created by law in Georgia to involve teachers, parents and businesspersons in local school issues focusing on student achievement.
Every public school in Georgia has a local school council consisting of a minimum of:
two parents elected by the parents,
two certified teachers elected by the teachers,
two businesspersons, and
The 2004 Georgia General Assembly amended the school council law to provide flexibility in membership, chairmanship, meetings, elections, and trainings. The changes also provide clarity that school councils are to focus on student achievement and school improvement.