Introduction and Background of the School Community Council (SCC)
Introduction and Background
In Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2004, the Legislature passed Act 51 as amended by Act 221. This law established School Community Councils (SCC) for Hawaii’s schools.
The new law improved the way the state’s single school system is organized, particularly by allowing for more educational decision making at the school level and thereby increasing the involvement of those directly affected by the decisions. The expectations of School Community Councils are increased accountability, school improvement and student achievement. A matrix of Act 51/221 requirements may be found in Section 6.
Revisions to Board of Education (BOE) Policies on SCC and SCC Waivers and Exceptions were approved on May 5, 2005 and include language related to increased accountability for school requests, decision making, and waiver/exception processes. Copies of the BOE policies may be found in the Appendices Section.
Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) regarding SCCs are negotiated with the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the Hawaii State Teachers' Association. Copies of these agreements may be found in the respective union contracts.
The School Community Council Handbook contains the Department of Education procedures for the establishment and implementation of SCCs in all Hawaii DOE public schools. This is in accordance with Act 51/221 and the Board of Education policies.