Local School Councils 

What is an LSC?

Chicago Public Schools have Local School Councils (LSC) which are responsible for three main duties:

  1. Approving how school funds and resources are allocated
  2. Developing and monitoring the annual School Improvement Plan
  3. Evaluating and selecting the school's principal

Traditional Local School Councils consist of the following members:

  • 6 parents
  • 2 community members
  • 2 teachers
  • 1 non-teacher staff
  • school's principal
  • student representative (high school LSCs only)

The standard composition of an Appointed Local School Council or a Board of Governors (Service Academy High Schools) is :

  • 6 parents
  • 2 community members
  • 2 teachers
  • 2 advocates
  • school's principal
  • student representative (high school LSCs only)

A Board of Governors also includes the school’s Commandant and 1 JROTC Instructor.The composition of a particular school with an Appointed LSC may vary from the standard composition. Please consult the school for the exact composition of its Appointed LSC. 

Who should I run for an LSC postion?

By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a vital role in decision-making at the local school level, thereby ensuring a quality education for all of the school’s students.  The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal.

Make a difference, run for your local school's Local School Council!

Who should run?

All parents, community members and school staff members who want to strengthen their local schools and have a positive impact on student achievement are encouraged to run.

No experience or formal education is required.

A few eligibility exceptions apply. For more detailed information, please refer to the 2016 Local School Council Election Guide English Spanish and 2016 Guide to Appointed LSC/BOG Candidate Polls and Recommendations English Spanish.

How are members selected?

  • LSC members are elected and appointed to a two-year term beginning July 1 of even-numbered years
  • Schools with traditional LSCs conduct elections in which parents and community residents vote for the parent and community member candidates and polls in which school staff vote for the school staff member candidates, who are appointed by the Board
  • Schools with appointed LSCs and BOGs conduct polls in which parents vote for the parent member candidates and polls in which school staff vote for the school staff member candidates.  All members are appointed by the Board.
  • The next elections and polls will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in elementary schools and Thursday, April 14, 2016 in high schools.
  • A high school student is appointed by the Board, following a preference poll of the students at the school
  • The school principal is automatically a member of the LSC


How can I run for an LSC position?

Every LSC candidate must fill out a set of forms available at schools and the Office of Local School Council Relations (2651 West Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor).

Candidate forms and other election information, materials and resources are also available at cps.edu/pages/lscelections.aspx

Completed forms must be submitted to:

  • The school where the candidate intends to run by 3:00 p.m. on March 4, 2016;
  • The Office of Local School Council Relations by 3:00 p.m. on February 19, 2016


Local School Council Advisory Board

Pursuant to the Illinois School Code, in 1996, the Chicago Board of Education established a Local School Council Advisory Board (LSCAB) comprised of both elected and appointed currently-serving LSC members.  The role of the LSCAB is to advise the Board on issues related to Local School Council elections, operations, powers and duties, and school improvement plans.  The LSCAB also serves as liaison between Local School Council members and senior staff and advises the Board of Education on other issues regarding the school district, as requested.

The LSCAB meets regularly once every month from September through June. You may view the monthly meeting Notices and Agendas here.

2015 LSCAB Election Results

LSC Resources

New and incumbent LSC members are welcome to attend LSC training sessions.  

Find out if you are eligible to become an LSC representative.

Contact Information

Office of Local School Council Relations

Garfield Park Office

2651 W. Washington Blvd
3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone: 773-553-1400
Fax: 773-553-6563


Page Last Modified on Thursday, November 19, 2015