Each advisory council shall perform functions prescribed by regulations of the district school board; however,
no advisory council shall have any of the powers and duties now reserved by law to the district school board. Each School Advisory Council (SAC) shall assist in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan required pursuant to s. 1001.42(18).
Who should be a member of the School Advisory Council?
Section 1001.452(1)(a), Florida Statutes (F.S.) states: A majority of the members of each school advisory council must be persons who are not employed by the school district. Each advisory council shall be composed of the principal and an appropriately balanced number of teachers, education support employees, students, parents, and other business and community citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school. Career center and high school advisory councils shall include students, and middle and junior high school advisory councils may include students. School advisory councils of career centers.
What is the scope of the Sunshine Law?
Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, s. 286.011, F.S., commonly referred to as the Sunshine Law, and provides a right of access to governmental proceedings of public boards or commissions at both the state and local levels. The law is equally applicable to elected and appointed boards, and applies to any gathering of two or more members of the same board to discuss some matter which will foreseeably come before that board for action. Members-elect to such boards or commissions are also subject to the Sunshine Law, even though they have not yet taken office. There are three basic requirements of s. 286.011, F.S.:
- meetings of public boards or commissions must be open to the public;
- reasonable notice of such meetings must be given; and
- minutes of the meetings must be taken and promptly recorded.
Are students considered District or non-District members?
FDOE Response: “Students are considered non-District members.”
Can we use secret ballots for SAC elections?
FDOE Response: “No, secret ballots are never allowed because all activities that take place at a SAC meeting are subject to Open Government Law and Sunshine Law.”
Do we have to provide public notice for SAC meetings?
YES, At least three (3) days advance notice in writing to voting members on any matter requiring a vote. This notice to members is in addition to the meeting notice for the general public.
Statutes of Interest:
State Statutes Search Site
- 24.121 Allocation of Funds
- 112.3143 Voting Conflicts
- 286.011 Public Meetings, Inspection & Records; Criminal & Civil Penalties (Sunshine Law)
- 1001.42 District School Board
- 1001.452 District and School Advisory Councils
- 1001.54 Duties of School Principals
- 1002.33 Charter Schools
- 1003.42 Required Instruction
- 1008.33 Public School Improvement
- 1008.345 System of School Improvement and Education
- 1008.36 Florida School Recognition (A+Funds)
Codes of Interest:
Florida Code Search Site
- 6A-1.09981 Improvement and Accountability
- 6A-1.099811 Differentiated Accountability
- 6a-1.099827 Charter School Corrective Action and School Improvement Plans
Additional Legal Resources:)
- Florida Attorney General Training Website for Florida Sunshine Law
- Requirements for Public Meetings (Sunshine Law)
- 2015 Open Government Overview PowerPoint
- 2015 Sunshine Law Manual - My Florida Legal
- Open Government - FAQ's
- Memo: Participation of Physically Absent Members at SAC Meetings
- SAC Voting Conflicts (A+Funds)
- SAC Sunshine Law and Voting Conflicts Memorandum
EDW (use Internet Explorer)
Schools may use the following reports in New EDW when completing Parts I and III of the SIP:
SAC Meeting Resources:
SAC Professional Development & Supportive Resources:
Updated Supportive SAC Audio Presentations *Access NEW Link*
- Purpose of SAC (11 mins.)
- SAC Governance (9 mins.)
- Attracting and Maintaining SAC Membership (7 mins.)
- SAC Membership and Officers (10 mins.)
- SAC Election Procedures (7 mins.)
- SAC Bylaws (5 mins.)
- SAC Meetings (11 mins.)
- SAC Minutes of Meetings (6 mins.)
- Budget and Funding Revenues (10 mins.)