Parents and adult caregivers of PUSD students can get involved and make a positive impact on school improvement by joining school and district leadership groups. Parents and members of the public are invited and welcome to attend meetings of meetings of district and school advisory committees, which are open to the public.
The California Education Code requires a functioning DELAC in which at least 51 percent of the members are parents of English Learners. Members include representatives from school-level English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) and staff members from District schools. The DELAC consults with the district and provides an annual training for ELAC officers on their roles and responsibilities. Meetings are held the third Monday of most months, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Edison Professional Development Center, located at 119 W. Palm St., Altadena. Chair: Maria Hernandez Staff Contact: Language Assessment & Development Department
Parent Advisory Committee members represent the student groups targeted by California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and review and comment on the district’s annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) as mandated by state law. Members serve three-year terms.
DAC is a district committee of parents, staff, and community leaders and consults with the Board of Education and district staff on matters related to state and federal funding, programs, and compliance issues. Each school in the district designates a School Site Council member and an alternate to attend monthly meetings and share information. Activities include providing input on and reviewing the district’s Local Educational Agency Plan, and reviewing and revising as needed the district Title I Parent Involvement Policy, and district initiatives.
Mandated by California law, the CAC advises the district on the development of its Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Local Plan and Annual Services and Budget Plans. The CAC recommends annual priorities to be addressed by the plan, assists in parent education and the recruitment of parents and other volunteers, encourages community involvement and supports activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.
Chartered by the PUSD Board of Education, the African-American Parent Council (AAPC) is a coalition of parents, students, schools, and communities that honors and embraces the identity and experiences of PUSD’s African-American families, advocates for the cultural acceptance of all, and mobilizes and engages all stakeholders to transform the system to ensure a high quality education for every student.
English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC)
California K-12 public schools with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC, comprised of a majority of parents of English learners, is responsible for advising the principal and staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). ELACs assist the school in the development of the school's needs assessment; the school's annual language census; and ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
School Site Councils (SSC)
California public school improvement plans are developed by a school site councils (SSC), composed of the principal; representatives of teachers; other school personnel; parents of students attending the school; and, in secondary schools, students. Representatives of teachers, other school personnel, parents and students must be elected by their peers. School site councils measure the effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school; seek input from school advisory committees; reaffirm or revise school goals; revise improvement strategies and expenditures; recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board; and monitor implementation of the SPSA.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Many schools have groups of active and generous parents who support learning, organize events, foster partnerships and volunteer on campus to help the school in a variety of ways. Check with your school to join your school's PTA today. PTAs are independent membership organizations and are supported by the PTA Council of PUSD, which has a 100-year legacy of serving Pasadena-area public schools.