Disputes:

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Local school council advocates and Reform Board attorneys are at odds in a number of areas:

Building access: School Board lawyers say they believe that council members need a principal’s permission to enter the school building, unless they are attending a council meeting; The Rev. Zarina O’Hagin, director of the Lawyers’ School Reform Advisory project, questions the board’s legal argument.

Principal selection: Board officials notified councils this year that if they do not make their selection by the legal deadline of April 15, the board will automatically install an interim principal. O’Hagin says the law does not give the board the right to make the appointment in this case.

Budget approval: At some schools on probation, LSCs have been told that their approval of the school budget is not necessary; O’Hagin disagrees.