Many DC Public Schools have Local School Restructuring Teams, or LSRTs. Others have School Improvement Teams, or SITs. Some LSRTs are robust and add great value to the life of the school; some never meet. Some schools have SITs as they are designated in the No Child Left Behind Law. Others have SITs that are advising the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization on improvements in their school buildings. Some schools have no advisory bodies at all.
Local School Restructuring Teams were put in place under Superintendent Franklin Smith (1991-1996), and pre-date by several years the No Child Left Behind Act which became law in 2001. The LSRT Guidelines were last updated in 2004, under Interim Superintendent Robert Rice.
While there is currently no consistency across the system with regard to school advisory boards, the desired state is clear to all stakeholder: every school should have an elected body to advise the principal—and that from school to school, these groups should be consistent with respect to name, purpose, composition, and scope of work.