3rd Session, 40th Legislature
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THE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AMENDMENT ACT (PARENT GROUPS FOR SCHOOLS)
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(Assented to )
WHEREAS studies have shown that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their children's education;
AND WHEREAS parent groups in local schools can play a supportive role in improving the education and well-being of children;
AND WHEREAS the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils ("MAPC") supports, promotes, and enhances meaningful involvement and participation of parents in education;
AND WHEREAS having the perspective of MAPC will assist the government in understanding issues that are important to parents;
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
THE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION ACT
1 The Education Administration Act is amended by this Part.
2 Clause 4(1)(b.1) is amended by striking out "school advisory councils" and substituting "parent advisory councils and parent councils".
3 The following is added after section 4:
4.1(1) For school divisions and school districts other than the francophone school division, the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, Inc. ("MAPC") is recognized as the representative of school-based parent groups, including parent advisory councils and parent councils.
4.1(2) The minister must meet with MAPC at least once every 12 months.
4.2 The minister may refer to MAPC a matter relating to parent involvement in schools. MAPC is to consider the matter and report to the minister its findings or recommendations.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACT
4 The Public Schools Act is amended by this Part.
5 Subsection 41(1) is amended
(a) in subclause (b.3)(i), by adding "parent" after "school's"; and
6 The following is added after section 55.1 and before the centred heading that follows it:
55.2 In preparing the annual school plan for the school, the principal of a school must consult with the parent advisory council or school committee.
55.3(1) At least annually, the principal of a school must provide parents with information about
(a) the role and function of a school-based parent group;
(b) if a school-based parent group has not been established at the school, the manner in which one may be established; and
(c) a parent's right to become a member of the school-based parent group at his or her child's school.
55.3(2) In subsection (1), a school-based parent group is, as the context requires, the parent advisory council, parent council or the school committee.
7 Clause 58.6(f) is amended by striking out "an advisory council" and substituting "a parent advisory council, parent council".
8 Clause 178(1)(a) is amended by striking out "school advisory council" and substituting "parent advisory council".
COMING INTO FORCE
9 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.