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English Learners and the Madison English Language Advisory Council


What is the English Learner Advisory Committee?

   A school site with 20 or more English learners must have a functioning English Learner Advisory
Committee (ELAC).
  The focus of the ELAC is to advise the School Site Council, principal, and staff on the programs and
services for English learners.
  The ELAC committee membership must be designed in order for parents of English learners to
constitute at least the same percentage of the committee membership as their children represent
of the school’s student body.
Parent members must be elected using the following guidelines:
  • Parents or guardians of English learners nominate and elect parent members to the ELAC.
    All parents of English learners are provided the opportunity to vote for committee
  • The ELAC has the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner
    Advisory Committee (DELAC).
  • Upon completion of elections and formation of the ELAC, committee members must receive
    training materials and training, planned in full consultation with committee members, to assist
    members in carrying out their legal responsibilities.

The ELAC must perform the following legally required tasks:
  • Advise the School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single School Plan for
    Student Achievement.
  • Advise the principal and staff on the school’s program for English learners.
  • Assist in the development of the school’s needs assessment, language census (R-30),and efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.