Today kicks off an important opportunity for parents and community members who wish to play a vital role in the schools that make up their neighborhoods.
Now through February 26, those interested in running for seats on their Local School Council (LSC) may officially announce their candidacy. Parents are eligible to serve 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.
“I encourage anyone who is passionate about education in Chicago and the success of our young people and wants to have an impact on their community to get involved and consider running for their Local School Council,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “LSC’s serve as an important vehicle to harness the energy and commitment of parents and community members to improve our schools and help our children reach their fullest potential.”
LSC representatives act as liaisons among families, the school community and the administration, empowering parents and community members to partner with schools to create positive academic environments that boost student achievement and best serve the needs of all stakeholders. 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 LSC’s also include a student representative.
The primary responsibilities of the LSC 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 principal.
LSC elections will take place on April 7, 2014 during Parent/Teacher Conference Day, and representatives will serve a two-year term beginning with the start of the 2014-2015 School Year. To become a candidate in the spring elections, interested parties must file nominating forms with their respective schools by 3 p.m. on February 26, 2014. These forms and complete information on the LSC elections are available at www.cps.edu/lsc.