HB 301-LOCAL – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 301-LOCAL
This bill requires a school district to establish a parent advisory council to advise the school district on matters pertaining to the education and safety of educationally disabled children.
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five
AN ACT relative to parent advisory councils for pupils with educational disabilities.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
186-C:29 Parent Advisory Councils.
I. Every school board may establish a parent advisory council to advise the school board on matters pertaining to the education and safety of educationally disabled children.
II. The membership in the council shall be open to any parent or legal guardian of an educationally disabled child, as defined in RSA 186-C:2, I, and any other interested party appointed by the school board.
III. The council shall have no fewer than 5 members, and the school board may establish a maximum number of members on the council, provided that parents or legal guardians of educationally disabled children constitute a majority of the council’s membership.
IV. A parent advisory council:
(a) Shall advise the school district on matters pertaining to the education and safety of educationally disabled children.
(b) Shall meet with school district officials provide input in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s education programs and services and recommend improvements or adjustments to such programs and services as deemed necessary.
(c) Shall establish bylaws for the conduct of internal operation and procedure.
(d) May report, in writing, non-binding recommendations for legislation and rules, to the school board, the school administrative unit, the department of education, and the state advisory council under RSA 186-C:3-b.
V. A school district shall:
(a) Work with its schools to ensure that all school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and that each school includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with the ESEA.
(b) Cooperate with the parent advisory council, which may conduct at least one workshop per year concerning the educational rights of educationally disabled children and their parents or legal guardians under federal and state education laws.
(c) Provide a parent with notification of the existence of the parent advisory council when the child is referred to special education.
VI. The school district shall provide meeting space and may provide administrative support to its parent advisory council.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.