What is ELAC?
- An English Learner Advisory Committee is intended for parents/guardians of English Learners to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English Learners.
- An ELAC is required at every school that has more than twenty one (21) identified English Learners, regardless of the types of programs offered at the school.
- The ELAC serves in an advisory capacity.
What is the composition of the ELAC?
- While there is no minimum number of members required, there should be enough members to allow for meaningful parental input.
- Percentage of parents of English Learners in the ELAC must be at least the same as that of English Learners in the school.
- As long as the criteria in the second item above is maintained, other members may include parents of non English Learners, school staff, and community members.
- ELAC membership includes all elected members, not just the officers.
What is the relationship to other committees?
- It is recommended that the School Site Council (SSC) include representation by parents of English Learners.
- The SSC needs to seek input from the ELAC, at a minimum, about the school plan and EIA-LEP budget.
- The ELAC may delegate duties to SSC (for up to two years if a SBCP) only after ELAC is formed and trained on rights and responsibilities. The SSC must then carry out all ELAC duties.
- School facilitates interaction between committees.
Last Modified on May 26, 2014