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DELAC

District-level English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

 

An explanation of a district-level English Learner Advisory Committee role, purpose, and requirements.

 

Requirement

Each California public school district, grades kindergarten through 12, with 51 or more English learners must form a District-level English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) or subcommittee of an existing district-wide advisory committee.

Responsibilities

  • The DELAC, or subcommittee on English learner education, shall advise the district's local governing board (e.g., in person, by letters/reports, or through an administrator) on programs and services for English learners.
  • The DELAC shall be responsible for advising the district's local governing board on the following tasks:
  • Development or revision of a district master plan of education programs and services for English learners, taking into consideration the Single School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Conducting a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
  • Establishment of district programs, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners (e.g., parental exception waivers and funding).
  • Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and instructional aide requirements.
  • Administration of the annual language census (e.g., procedures and forms).
  • Review and comment on the district's reclassification procedures.
  • Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians.

Composition Requirements

Parents or guardians of English learners not employed by the district must constitute a majority membership (51 percent or more) of the committee.

Elections

  • Each school's English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) must have the opportunity to elect at least one of its members to be a site representative in the DELAC.

ELAC

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

 

A committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services.

 

 

Requirement

Each California public school, grades kindergarten through 12, with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

 

Responsibilities

  • 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).
  • The ELAC shall assist the school in the development of:
  • The school's needs assessment.
  • The school's annual language census.
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

Composition Requirements

Requirements for ELAC elections include:

  • 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.
  • 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.  

Elections

  • Parents or guardians of English learners must have an opportunity to elect the parent members to serve on the ELAC or subcommittee.
  • Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).