English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is a committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services.
Each California public school, grades kindergarten through 12, with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).
1. The ELAC shall be responsible for advising the principal and staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
2. The ELAC shall assist the school in the development of:
a. The school's needs assessment.
b. The school's annual language census.
c. Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
Requirements for ELAC elections include:
1.Parents of English learners comprise at least the same percentage of the ELAC membership as English learners constitute of the school’s total student population. For example, if 25 percent of the students in a school are English learners, then parents/guardians of English learners must comprise 25 percent of the ELAC membership.
2.Other members of the ELAC can be parents/guardians, school staff, and /or community members as long as the minimum percentage requirement for EL parents is maintained.
1.Parents or guardians of English learners must have an opportunity to elect the parent members to serve on the ELAC or subcommittee.
2.Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
3. Districts with 31 or more ELACs may use a system of proportional or regional representation.
The district shall provide for all ELAC members:
1. Appropriate training and materials to assist each member carry out his or her legally required advisory responsibilities.
2.Training planned in full consultation with ELAC members.
3.Economic Impact Aid-Limited English Proficient and/or district funds may be used to cover costs of training and attendance of ELAC members. This may include costs for child care, translation services, meals, transportation, training cost, and other reasonable expenses.
California Education Code, sections 35147 (c), 52176 (b), and (c), 62002.5, and 64001 (a)
California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11308 (b), (c), and (d)
20 United States Code Section 6312 (g)(4)
The School Site Council is composed of parents, teachers, staff, and the principal who play a role in the governance of Antonio Del Buono Elementary School. The Council meets monthly to make decisions and carry out many important duties and responsibilities assigned to it in the Education Code of the State of California. Although the number of Site Council members is limited by the mandated composition guidelines, any parent not formally elected will be encouraged to continue attending meetings as interested school community members. Any member of the community or public may address the Council during the meetings on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Council. Your interest and participation are welcomed.
Education Code Section 52852 (formerly 52012) specifies that a school improvement plan shall be developed by a school site council (SSC). The law says, “The SSC shall be composed of the principal; representatives of teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by peers at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school.”
Middle grades SSC composition falls under the rules for secondary schools. For the first time students are included in the SSC.
At the secondary level the council shall be constituted to ensure parity between the principal, classroom teachers and other school personnel; (b) equal numbers of parents or other community members selected by parents, and pupils.
At both the elementary and secondary levels, classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of persons represented under category (a). (Education Code Section 52852)
Furthermore, Education Code Section 52852 states that parents or community members on the SSC may not be employed by the school district.
School Improvement is a program for elementary, intermediate, and secondary schools to improve instruction, services, school environment, and organization at school sites according to plans developed by School Site Councils.
The California Education Code requires the school site councils to:
1.Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school.
2.Seek input from school advisory committees.
3.Reaffirm or revise school goals.
4.Revise improvement strategies and expenditures.
5.Recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board.
6.Monitor implementation of the SPSA