006-10 Teacher on the Local Advisory Committee (LAC)
The Virginia Regulations, at 8 VAC 20-81-230 D.1, now require that local advisory committees include one teacher.
- Does this have to be someone who is currently teaching?
- If so, does this have to be a teacher employed by the school division or can it be someone from another school division or a private school?
The regulation is purposely broad to give local school divisions sufficient flexibility for implementation. Each LEA must have their own local policies and procedures regarding the selection of the teacher and the teacher's qualifications. The only requirement is that a "teacher" must serve on the local advisory committee. Thus, each LEA must determine whether the "teacher" on the local advisory committee must be, for example, a teacher who is actively teaching (versus someone who is credentialed as a teacher with a teaching license). Similarly, each LEA must determine whether the teacher must be a teacher in the school division versus a teacher in a neighboring school division or a private school.
It is recommended that when developing its procedures and/or criteria to determine who is eligible to serve in the capacity of "teacher" on the local advisory committee, the school division use procedures similar to those used to select members for the local school board’s other advisory committees, including other members of the local advisory committee.