If the enrollment of a school site consists of 21% or more EnglishLearners, then The Federal Program Monitoring requires the school to have a functioning English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).
The ELAC will meet the followingrequirements:
(a) Parent members are elected by parents orguardians of English Learners.
(b)Parents of English learners constitute at least the same percentage ofthe committee membership as their children represent of the student body.
(c)The ELAC has advised the School Site Council on the development of theSingle School Plan for Student Achievement.
(d) The ELAC has advised the principal and staffon the school’s program for Englishlearners.
(e) The ELAC has assisted in the development ofthe school’s:
- needs assessment
- language census (R-30), and
- efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
(f) The ELAC has received trainingmaterials and training, planned in full consultation with committee members, toassist members in carrying out their legal responsibilities.
(g)The ELAC has the opportunity to elect at least one member to the DELACor has participated in a proportionate regional representation scheme whenthere are 31% or more English Learner parent advisory committees in thedistrict.
What isthe purpose of the ELAC?
1. Parents have a way to become involved in theschool.
2. Parents have a way to receive training.
3. Parents have a way to receive information onprograms and their effectiveness.
4. Parents have a way to participate in the educational process.
5. Parents have a way to become aware of studentacademic progress.
6.Parents have an opportunity to bring up key questions regardingeducational themes and issues.
7.Parents have a way to exercise leadership before district and site staff& students.
8.Parents have a way to exercise an active voice in the education of theirchildren.
9.Parents and school staff have a way to get to know each other and learnabout each other’s needs.