Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
The PAC is a vital component of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Migrant Education Program (PA-MEP). Through the PAC, parents are involved in the
planning, implementation, and evaluation of the services provided by the migrant
PAC meetings are designed to
achieve two objectives: (1) to develop leadership among migrant parents; and (2)
to educate parents about topics they express interest in or topics that the
Pennsylvania Migrant Education office feels are important for migrant parents to
be informed about.
The PAC exists at both the
state and local levels. Each year, local sites elect a minimum of three
officers (president, vice-president, and secretary) to their local PAC board. The
local board can be larger depending on the size of the local project area and parent involvement. All eligible parents are notified
about the meetings and are eligible to be elected to a position.
Local PAC boards are responsible for electing two
representatives from their area to attend the state PAC meeting. At the state
PAC meeting representatives from the local areas elect the state PAC officers, which include president, vice-president, secretary, delegate one and delegate
two. The president is required to remain for one year beyond his/her term to
assist the new president with his/her duties.
Local PAC meetings occur at least three times per year in
more active sites, however meetings may occur more frequently. In some cases, they are
conducted in conjunction with local community organizations to give non-migrant
parents the opportunity to attend. The state PAC meets two times each year.
The PAC seeks to provide
parents with a variety of educational resources and knowledge about other
resources in their communities. In addition to developing parents into leaders,
the PAC teaches parents how to be more involved in their child’s education,
what their child’s educational rights are, and how to access community resources
that can support the special needs of families.