The New Jersey Bilingual Education Code (Bilingual Code or N.J.A.C. 6A:15), which outlines rules and regulations for Bilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL), and English Language Services (ELS) programs in New Jersey, is based on N.J.S.A. 18A.35-15 through 26. The Bilingual Code also gives authority to the New Jersey Department of Education to develop approval criteria for the Bilingual Education Program Waiver (N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.5) and the Three-Year Plan (N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.6).
The Bilingual Code ensures the rights of English Learners (ELs) are protected, regardless of the specific program; the education of ELs is evaluated for effectiveness; and ELs are provided with a free, appropriate public education. As a way to protect the rights of ELs, the Bilingual Code requires the establishment of a Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) in every district offering bilingual education services.
The Superintendent of Bridgeton Public Schools, believes that schools exist for students, and consequently, our parents must be given the opportunity to provide their input to improve our programs. Through the BPAC, our superintendent is ensuring that our parents have a voice in order for their children to reach their full potential. Furthermore, the District Supervisor of Bilingual/ESL/World Languages education collaborates with the BPAC with the logistics of the meetings and activities.
The main purpose of the BPAC is to give the parents of our English Learners a voice. Therefore, throughout their year, the council meets to provide input in the planning, operation and evaluation of the various programs Bilingual/ESL program. Furthermore, during the meetings, the BPAC discusses important topics regarding our learning community.
This year, the council is comprised of parents/guardians of children currently enrolled in any of the Bilingual/ESL programs being implemented in our school district. However, next year, other members of our learning community will be invited to participate. Furthermore, it’s important to point out that all parents of students in the Bilingual Education Program are invited to participate and to become members of the BPAC.
The mission of the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) is to collaborate with the Bridgeton Board of Education to provide our English Learners with the tools they need to succeed in school. Acting as a liaison between the school district, parents, and the community at large, the BPAC will provide suggestions to ensure that every single English Learner in our district has an equal access to a quality education.
This year, the council will meet on the following dates:
Please remember that all parents with children in any Bilingual or ESL Program is welcome to participate and to become a member of the committee.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Arreaga or Ms. Vasquez
Mrs. Jy'Isha Vasquez
District Supervisor of Bilingual/ESL/WL Education
Administrative Assistant Bilingual/ESL/WL Education