WHAT IS A DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCIL (DEC)?
District Education Councils were first established in 2001 to provide local governance and community input in the education system. The Education Act currently provides for 11 to 13 elected education councillors for each of the school districts. There are four anglophone and three francophone districts with seven to 13 elected members on each council.
DECs use a policy governance model. They set and monitor the policies and objectives to be carried out by the district staff and local schools. Each DEC must work within the policies and standards of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. DECs develop objectives and policies to address the priorities and needs of their district.
Members are not involved in day-to-day decision-making and do not deal with issues regarding individual students.