Every school implementing a state-mandated Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is required to form a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC), according to the Chicago School Reform Act. It is also recommended that schools implementing a Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) encourage parents to participate in BAC meetings since issues regarding the education of all English Learners (ELs) are discussed and decided at these meetings. OLCE’s goals for the BACs are to:
Ensure the organization and training of the BAC members at the local and citywide level
Provide technical assistance to the EL Program Teacher and existing BACs
Empower each local BAC to ensure their participation in the education of their children
Encourage parents to take on leadership roles within the school community and other parent committees, such as the Local School Councils
Engage parents and families in the overall governance of bilingual education.