Local School Councils 

Contact Information

Office of Local School Council Relations
42 West Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (773) 553-1400

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

Local School Councils include the following members:

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

Who should run?

All parents, community members and teachers 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 Local School Council Election Guide PDF icon. English PDF icon. Spanish available to all schools.

How are members selected?

  • LSC members are elected by parents and community residents in an election held every two years. This year, elections will be held April 7, 2014 for elementary school LSCs and April 8, 2014 for high school LSCs.
  • Teacher representatives and the non-teaching staff representative are appointed by the Board, following a preference poll of all full-time staff.
  • The school principal is automatically a member of the LSC.
  • A high school student is appointed by the Board, following a preference poll of the students at the school.

How can I run for an LSC position?

Supplemental Elections:

The Offices of LSC Relations and Family and Community Engagement are working in conjunction with the following schools and neighboring communities to recruit candidates for the upcoming supplemental elections, which will take place on May 14, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. (NOTE: Supplemental elections are required due to an insufficient number of candidates for the April LSC election.)

    The schools are:
  1. Austin Poly HS
  2. Dyett HS
  3. Bond Elementary
  4. Hirsch HS
  5. Team HS.
  6. Ida B. Wells Elementary
  7. Lindblom HS

Every LSC candidate must fill out a set of forms available at the main office of any Chicago Public School, CPS Network Offices and the Office of Local School Council Relations (125 South Clark, 5th Floor).

Candidate forms are also available cps.edu/pages/lscelections.aspx

Completed forms must be submitted to:

  • The school where you intend to run by 3:00 p.m. on February 26, 2014
  • The Office of Local School Council Relations by 3:00 p.m. on February 19, 2014 (125 South Clark, 5th Floor).

By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a role in decision-making at the local school level. 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.

LSC Resources

PDF icon. LSC Budget Presentation

PDF icon. LSC FY15 Budget Overview

LSC 2014 Election Information

On Monday, April 7, 2014 (Report Card Pick-up Day for all schools), schools with traditional local school councils will elect parent and community candidates to their LSCs and will select school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs. Also on April 7, 2014, schools with appointed local school councils or boards of governors (military academy high schools only) will select parent and school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs and, by April 23, will select candidates community and advocate candidates for appointment to their LSCs.

Make a difference, run for your local school's Local School Council. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is 3:00 p.m., February 19, 2014 at the Office of LSC Relations, 125 South Clark Street, 5th Floor, and 3:00 p.m., February 26, 2014, at the school where you would like to serve.

We are also recruiting interested individuals to serve as LSC Election Judges. Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2014.

The 2014 LSC Election Candidate Forms, LSC Election Judge Applications and related materials may be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the link above.

LSC Training, Monthly Schedules

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

LSC eligibility

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

Page Last Modified on Wednesday, January 21, 2015