Illinois - Engagement of Parents of English Language Learners: Program requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires parent and family engagement as a component of English Language Learner (ELL) programs.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-14C-10. Parent and community participation.

School districts shall provide for the maximum practical involvement of parents of children in transitional bilingual education programs. Each school district shall, accordingly, establish a parent advisory committee which affords parents the opportunity effectively to express their views and which ensures that such programs are planned, operated, and evaluated with the involvement of, and in consultation with, parents of children served by the programs. Such committees shall be composed of parents of children enrolled in transitional bilingual education programs, transitional bilingual education teachers, counselors, and representatives from community groups; provided, however, that a majority of each committee shall be parents of children enrolled in the transitional bilingual education program. Once established, these committees shall autonomously carry out their affairs, including the election of officers and the establishment of internal rules, guidelines, and procedures.


Illinois Administrative Code 23-228.30 Establishment of Programs

4) Parent and Community Participation - Each district or cooperative shall establish a parent advisory committee consisting of parents, legal guardians, transitional bilingual education teachers, counselors, and community leaders. This committee shall participate in the planning, operation, and evaluation of programs. The majority of committee members shall be parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in these programs. Membership on this committee shall be representative of the languages served in programs to the extent possible . (Section 14C-10 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/14C-10])

  • A) The committee shall:
    • i) meet at least four times per year;
    • ii) maintain on file with the school district minutes of these meetings;
    • iii) review the district's annual program application to the State Superintendent of Education; and
    • iv) autonomously carry out their affairs, including the election of officers and the establishment of internal rules, guidelines, and procedures. (Section 14C-10 of the School Code)
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