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Bilingual Advisory Committees (BACs)

Bilingual Advisory Committees (BACs) empower parents of English Learners (ELs) to participate in their student's education and advocate for the academic, social, and cultural development of all ELs.

BAC meetings address issues relating to the education of English Learners (ELs) in TBE or TPI instructional contexts; provide information about CPS services, programs, and resources for students and families; and train parents to effectively participate in the overall governance of bilingual education. 

Every school implementing a state-mandated Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is required to form a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC). We recommend that parents of ELs at schools implementing a Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) also participate in BAC meetings. 

BACs meet at the school at least five times a year and include parent training and workshops. Five officers are elected annually and report to the Local School Council. The BAC Handbook provides detailed information about how BACs are organized and function and are offered in multiple languages.

Bilingual Advisory Committee Handbook

[ English | Spanish  | Polish  | Arabic  | Chinese  | Urdu ]

For information about your local BAC, contact your school. For other questions relating to bilingual education parent support, contact your Community Relations Representative.

Multilingual - Multicultural Education


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