The School Committee, as an agent of the state, must operate within
the bounds of state and federal laws affecting public education. If the
School Committees is to meet its responsibilities to the residents and
students of our communities, it must work vigorously for the passage of
new laws designed to advance the cause of good schools and for the
repeal or modification of existing laws that impede this cause.
To this end:
The School Committee will keep itself informed of pending legislation
affecting education and the operation of the schools, and it will
actively communicate its concerns and make its formal positions known to
elected representatives at both the state and federal level. The Chair
will appoint one or more members of the Committee to keep abreast of
such matters and to report to the School Committee as appropriate.
The School Committee will work with its legislative representatives
(both state and federal), with the Massachusetts Association of School
Committees, and other concerned groups in developing an annual, as well
as a long-range, legislative program. One of the major objectives of
the School Committee’s legislative program will be to seek full funding
for all state and federally mandated programs.
The School Committee annually will elect a person (preferably a
member of the School Committee or an administrator) to serve as its
legislative representative. This person will be authorized to speak on
the School Committee’s behalf with respect to legislation being
considered by the Massachusetts Legislature or the United States
Congress or their respective committees. In all dealings with
individual elected representatives, the Legislature or Congress, the
School Committee’s representative will be bound by the official
positions taken by the School Committee.
The School Committee annually will appoint a member to attend the
annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of School
Committees. This person will be authorized to speak and vote on the
School Committee’s behalf. The School Committee’s representative will
be bound by the official positions taken by the School Committee on the
MASC’s proposed resolutions.
No legislation shall be filed on behalf of the School Committee and
no position shall be taken in the name of the School Committee by any
member or by the staff without the vote of a majority of members taken
at a meeting of the School Committee for which notice was given in the
Region Voted to Approve: 12/07/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve: