District-level English Learner Advisory CommitteeAn explanation of a district-level English Learner Advisory Committee role, purpose, and requirements.
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.
- 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.
Parents or guardians of English learners not employed by the district must constitute a majority membership (51 percent or more) of the committee.
- 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.
- If the district has 31 or more ELACs, it may use a system of proportional or regional representation.
The district shall provide to all DELAC members:
- Appropriate training and materials to assist each member carry out his or her legally required advisory responsibilities.
- Training planned in full consultation with DELAC members. Economic Impact Aid-Limited English Proficient and/or district funds may be used to cover costs of training and attendance of DELAC members. This includes costs for child care, translation services, meals, 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, sections 11308 (b) and (d).