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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.

Apply to Become a Candidate in CPS Local School Council Elections

Applications are due in the school where you want to serve by 3:00p.m., Friday, March 4, 2022.

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Apply to Become a Candidate in CPS Local School Council Elections

Applications are due in the school where you want to serve by 3:00p.m., Friday, March 4, 2022.

LEARN MORE

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

FAQs

Office of Local School Council Relations

773-553-1400

773-553-1402 (Fax)

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