||Community based organisations, such as School Management Committees (SMCs) and other
Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) have a significant role to play in the local governance and
functioning of schools. The recently introduced RTE Act has made the formation of SMCs
mandatory. In addition to government documents and the thematic paper, Changing Framework of
Local governance and Community Participation in Elementary Education in India (Govinda and
Bandyopadhyay, 2010) this policy brief draws upon data collected in CREATE’s Community and
School Survey (ComSS) from 88 schools in 3 clusters in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This
Policy Brief provides a brief analysis of school governance at local level in India.