Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)
What is the CAC?
Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is a legal, organized way for the citizens of
Anne Arundel County and of each local school to take part in examining and
directing the education of children in the county’s public schools.
What does a CAC do?
CAC advises and reports to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on
activities and programs affecting the public schools of Anne Arundel County. All
schools must participate in the County-wide CAC.
you do as a CAC?
Investigate transportation, redistricting, etc.
Review budget, curriculum facilities, policies, grading,
calendar, and other educational issues.
Serve on ad hoc committees.
What are your limitations as a CAC?
CAC members do not lobby.
CAC members do not raise funds.
CAC members do not disrupt the operation of schools.
CAC members do not discuss or study individual
students, staff, or parent problems.
can be a member?
Any interested citizen with or without
children attending Anne Arundel County Public Schools can become a member.
Interested citizens should contact the school principal to place their names in
nomination for participation in the CAC. This includes PTA/PTSO
members, students, teachers, parents, community members, and staff
members. Anyone can be the member of more than
one CAC at more than one school – provided there is no conflict with the
selected schools regarding active involvement.
How are the CAC and the PTA
The CAC is an organized advisory body of
parents, teachers, students and other citizens mandated by the State of Maryland
to advise the Board of Education on decisions affecting education.
In this capacity, the CAC facilitates the two-way
exchange of information between the Board of Education and the school
independently of the school system serve and as forums where parents, teachers,
administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality
education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work
for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods. They are linked to the County,
State and National PTA organizations, forming a nationwide network of members
working on behalf of all children and youth. Because of their connections to
State and National PTAs, local units are a valuable resource to its school
community, accessing programs benefiting children, youth and their families.
Those connections also give PTAs the recognition and size to influence the
formation of laws, policies, and practices of education or legislative bodies.
information contained above is detailed in Board Policy –
Administrative Regulation 501.01 (Revision date: 4-5-94). A copy of the policy
is available through the local principal.