District Advisory Council (DAC)
The District Advisory Council (DAC) for Compensatory Education Program is a district-level advisory group comprised of parents, site staff, and community leaders who consult with the Board of Education and district staff on behalf of Compensatory Education participants. If a district uses Economic Impact Aid (EIA) funds for State Compensatory Education programs, it is required to have a DAC. The DAC is to be elected by parents of pupils in the district who are participating in the Compensatory Education program. Parents are to constitute the majority of the membership on the committee. Additionally, Title I law requires that parents be involved in the development of the Local Education Agency (LEA) Plan and the process of school review and improvement. Parents should also be a part of the annual review of the LEA Plan as well as review of the district parent involvement policy. SDUSD combines these two tasks into the responsibilities of the DAC.
Each school receiving Economic Impact Aid - School Compensatory Education (EIA-SCE) funds and Title I funds designates one member from the school Site Council to serve as a voting member on the DAC. Non EIA-SCE and Title I schools may also select a representative from their SSC to attend DAC meetings as a non-voting member. DAC representatives are advocates for their school who are committed to attend DAC meetings regularly, provide informed input to discussions and decisions, and share information regularly with their School Site Councils. DAC representatives serve as the liaison between the DAC and the SSC, ensuring two-way communication and information.
The DAC consults with the district and facilitates coordination and cooperation of parents, staff, and community on matters related to EIA-SCE and Title I programs. The DAC provides a forum for communication, information, and training for the district’s SSCs through the DAC representative. Activities include reviewing the Consolidated Application, providing input on and reviewing the district’s LEA Plan, and reviewing and revising as needed the district Title I Parent Involvement Policy. The DAC representative at Dana Middle School is a non-voting member of our SSC.