History of the Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee


August 2011

  • School board policy 177.3 deleted.
  • School board policy section 213.2, Superintendent Advisory Committees, added to Duties of the Superintendent.


July 1994 - October 2005

  • MECAC acronym changed to Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee in 2005.
  • School board policy 177.3 amended in 1994, 1996 and 2005.
  • Minority Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC) established in 1994.
  • Citizen's Advisory Educational Concerns Committee (CAECC) eliminated.



  • CAECC guidelines amended June 12, 1990.


July-August 1979

  • CAECC guidelines and operating procedures established in school board policy 173.


September 1977

  • CAECC guidelines revised. The mission of the committee was refocused to all students, not just minority students and to specifically address the human rights and equal educational opportunities for all students and to include the following:
    • Quality education for all students.
    • Equal education opportunity for all students.
    • A commitment to human rights in education.
    • An understanding that children of color may face significant challenges in schools.


October 1975

  • School board authorizes formation of the CAECC.


Spring 1975

  • As approved and funded by the school board, the Minority Education Concerns Committee partnered with the University of Washington to survey the Anchorage minority community.
  • A final report from the University of Washington was submitted to the school board on September 15, 1975. The report:
    • Identified 10 crucial areas of minority education.
    • Set forth guidelines for the establishment of the districtwide Citizen's Advisory Educational Concerns Committee and the Attendance Area Advisory Educational Concerns Committee.
    • Recommended hiring a Human Resources officer and staff to carry out teacher and student in-service in cross-cultural human relations and bilingual/multilingual activities.


February 1974

  • Anchorage School Board establishes an advisory committee named the Minority Education Concerns Committee (MECC).
  • MECC's goal was to identify the educational needs of minority students and present the board with recommendations to meet those needs.
  • MECC consisted of 16 parents and two school liaisons.


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