Local School Committees derive their
authority from the Constitution of Massachusetts, from statutes, and
from the regulations of the State Board of Education.The School Committee operates in
accordance with the MGL Ch. 71 and 41, which delegate its authority. The
Education Reform Act of 1993, Ch. 71. S. 37:
"The School Committee in each city and town and each regional
school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the
Superintendent; shall review and approve budgets for public education in
the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for
the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and
state-wide goals and standards established by the Board of Education."
The Newton School Committee consists of nine voting members: one
person is elected (citywide) from each of Newton's eight wards, and the
Mayor serves as an ex-officio member. Click here to learn more about our Newton School Committee members.