New Jersey - 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.

New Jersey Revised Statutes 18A:35-22. Notification of parents; involvement in programs

  1. Each school district shall notify by mail the parents of the pupils of limited English-speaking ability of the fact that their child has been identified as eligible for enrollment in a program of bilingual education. Such notice shall include the information that the parents have the option of declining enrollment of their child in a bilingual program, and they shall be given an opportunity to decline enrollment if they so choose. The notice shall be in writing and in the language of which the child of the parents so notified possesses a primary speaking ability, and in English. In addition, whenever a school district determines, on the basis of a pupil’s level of English proficiency, that a pupil should exit from a program of bilingual education the district shall notify the parents of the pupil by mail.

The board shall provide for the maximum practicable involvement of parents of children of limited English-speaking ability in the development and review of program objectives and dissemination of information to and from the local school districts and communities served by the bilingual education program within existing State law.


New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:15-1.15 Parental involvement

(a) Each district board of education shall provide for the maximum practicable involvement of parent(s) of ELLs in the development and review of program objectives and dissemination of information to and from the district boards of education and communities served by the bilingual, ESL, or English language services education programs.
(b) Each district board of education implementing a bilingual education program shall establish a parent advisory committee on bilingual education of which the majority membership shall be parent(s) of ELLs.
Source: State of New Jersey Office of Administrative Law

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