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Local School Councils (LSCs)

In the city of Chicago, Local School Councils (LSCs) serve as a governing body for each district-managed school in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. 

Local School Councils are responsible for:

  • Approving the school based academic plan (CIWP)
  • Approving the alignment of budgetary resources to the CIWP
  • Engaging in the annual evaluation of contract principal’s professional practices
  • Selecting or renewing contract principals

Comprised of parents, community, educational, and student members, LSCs serve as an important vehicle for participatory democracy, providing a wide variety of stakeholders an opportunity to make important decisions about how students in their communities will be educated.

View the 2022 LSC Inauguration Ceremony

Watch the livestream of the Inauguration Ceremony at Malcolm X College, June 25, 2022.

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Why Should I Participate in an LSC?

Serving on a Local School Council (LSC) provides a unique opportunity to become engaged in your school community and play an active role in making decisions affecting your school. LSCs are critical to ensuring positive student outcomes and a dynamic school environment.

How Long Do LSC Members Serve?

Parent, community, and educational staff LSC representatives are elected for a two-year term. Student representatives serve a one-year term.

When Are LSC Elections?

Every two years, Local School Council elections/polls are held city-wide, with the next election/poll for Parent, Community and Staff scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Elementary School Elections

Thursday, April 21, 2022
High School Elections

LSC Student election polls are scheduled every year with the next election poll scheduled for:

Monday, April 18, 2022 or Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Additional Resources


Office of Local School Council Relations


773-553-1402 (Fax)

Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612