Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC)
Every school implementing a state-mandated Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) or Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) program is required to constitute a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) according to the Chicago School Reform Act. The BAC is recognized as a standing committee of the Local School Council (LSC). As a standing committee of the LSC, the BAC reports to them regarding bilingual education.
The BAC is structured as follows: a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and two representatives (including an alternate representative), and a full-time bilingual education student (high schools only). The Chair and a majority of the members of the BAC shall be parents of students in the bilingual education program. Officers of the BAC are elected no later than September 30th of each year.
It is highly recommended to conduct a minimum of four BAC meetings during the school year, not including the organizational election meeting. In order to receive the parent stipend schools must demonstrate that they have an active BAC. These meetings are in addition to the training sessions offered to the parents and members of the committees. The goal of the BAC is to help parents of ELLs develop leadership skills for effective participation in schools and advocate on the behalf of all ELLs.
Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
CPS has formed NCLB Title I Parent Advisory Councils (PAC) at the local school level. The PACs exist to provide parents/legal guardians, teachers/staff, and concerned community individuals with the opportunity to work with their principal in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the Title I Program.
The PACs serve as an advisory group by providing input on amendments and future Title I programs. PACs jointly develop and approve a parent involvement policy which includes the school-parent compact. PACs also provide and share NCLB Title I information updates received from the New Region PAC.