The A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 established school councils in Georgia to "bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to:
- Solve difficult education problems
- improve academic achievement
- provide support for teachers and administrators, and
- bring parents into the school-based decision-making process."
School councils provide advice, recommendations, and assistance to principals and local boards of education. The law details the composition of the council, its responsibilities, and procedures for conducting business.
Local School Councils include the school principal, two teachers (elected by teachers), two parents (elected by parents), one business representative (appointed by the school board), and one business representative elected by the Council.