March 7, 2012
To allow for maximum participation in the upcoming Local School Council (LSC) elections, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has extended the deadline for candidates to file to Friday, March 23rd. The extension will provide more time for CPS to recruit parents and community members interested in strengthening their local schools and providing a positive impact on student achievement. More than 6,800 seats are at stake citywide in the elections. While more candidates have filed this year than at this point in the last LSC election, a number of positions remain to be filled.
“Serving on one’s Local School Council is the most important role a parent or community member can have in supporting their schools and students,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “People throughout Chicago want to see their schools and students succeed. This is their opportunity to demand the change needed to create a high quality education for every child in every community in our city.”
LSCs empower parents and the school community to partner with their principals in creating a positive school environment that best serves the needs of all children. LSC representatives will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2014. LSC representatives serve as an important link between a school’s administration, community, Central Office and students, and play a significant role in decision-making at the local school level.
CPS will continue to work aggressively to inform parents and other community members about the value of LSC participation and the opportunity to get involved.
The District has held four rallies across the city and raised awareness of the LSC candidate filings through parent letters, calls and emails, school meetings, principal and network trainings, the CPS website, and social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, CPS has displayed posters and made nominating forms available at City Hall, aldermanic offices, churches, libraries and City Colleges. The District is also running advertisements on CTA buses, billboards and in community newspapers. Even those calling CPS Central Office hear promotional messages on LSC elections while waiting on hold.
While CPS has recruited 2,060 candidates to date, far more candidates still are needed.
Interested candidates need to submit nominating forms at the school of the LSC they are running for. The forms, along with additional information, can be found on the Local School Council’s election page, and in person at the locations mentioned above.
Parents are eligible for seats on the LSC of the school their children attend, as are members of each school’s community, and the teachers and non-teaching staff from the school. LSC members cannot be employees of the Chicago Board of Education nor can relatives of the principal be eligible to serve on the LSC of that principal’s school. Each LSC is made up of six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teacher staff member and the school’s principal. High school LSCs also have a student representative.
The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how local school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual School Improvement Plans for Advancing Academic Enhancement (SIPAAA) plan, and hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal.
More information is available by calling the Office of LSC Relations, (773) 553-1400 and visiting www.cps.edu.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.