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The purpose of the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is specifically designated to provide parents of English Learners the opportunity to offer input and advise the principal and school staff on English Learner program instruction and services. ELACs are not decision making councils nor do they approve expenditures from any funding source. However, they do provide input and advise on school decisions and the use of funding sources dedicated to English Learner pupils (5 CCR § 11308(b)). 

ELAC Composition

Each school with more than twenty English Learner students is required to establish a school level advisory committee (EC § 52176(b)). The percentage of parents or guardians, or both, of English Learners on the school advisory committee must be at least equal to the percentage of English Learners enrolled in the school site. Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). With the principal’s consultation, ELAC members should also elect a member to the School Site Council (SSC).

Responsibilities of the ELAC

The ELAC is to meet regularly for a minimum of four times during the school year. Meetings can be scheduled on alternating months with DELAC meetings. With parent consultation, the principal shall be responsible for identifying training topics needed to assist committee members in carrying out their permitted responsibilities. The principal shall also be responsible for ensuring that training is provided in required areas, norms and consensus procedures are followed, and required activities are carried out. Training is primarily focused in areas and topics of interest as identified by the individual school site needs assessment. Each English Learner school advisory committee is responsible for advising the principal and staff for each of the following topics (EC § 52176(c)).
  • §  The development of a detailed master plan for instructional programs and services for English Learners for the individual school and submitting the plan to the governing board for consideration for inclusion in the district master plan.
  • § Advise the School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), including the analysis of student data and making recommendations regarding the allocation of fiscal resources based on the identified needs.2
  • §  Assist in the development of the schoolwide comprehensive needs assessment.
  • §  Assist in the review the school’s annual language census.3
  • §  Assist in the school’s efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.4
The ELAC shall post meeting notifications at the school site 72 hours prior to the meeting. Notifications shall be in English, Spanish and additional languages represented at the school site, to the extent practicable. The ELAC agendas, sign-in sheets, and minutes shall be posted on the school’s website after every meeting