Local School Councils

Local School Councils are made up of the principal, parents, community members, school staff members and students.

Elected LSCs in Elementary schools consist of 12 voting members:
1 - Principal
6 - Parent representatives
2 - Community representatives
2 - Teacher representatives
1 - Non-teaching staff representative

Elected LSCs in High schools consist of 13 voting members:
1 - Principal
6 - Parent representatives
2 - Community representatives
2 - Teacher representatives
1 - Non-teaching staff representative
1 - Student representative

Parents and community members elect the parent and community representatives. School staffs vote for teacher and non-teaching staff candidates to be appointed to those positions on the LSC by the Board. The composition of Appointed Local School Councils and Boards of Governors varies from the composition of elected LSCs. Please call the Office of Local School Council Relations (773-553-1400) for the composition of a particular Appointed Local School Council or Board of Governors.

LSC eligibility is detailed below.

Principal

The Principal, whether contractual, acting, or interim, is automatically a member of their school´s LSC.

Parent Representative

A parent is eligible to serve as a parent representative if he/she:

  • Is the parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled in that school; and
  • Is not an employee of the Board.

Community Representative

A community member is eligible to serve as a community representative if he/she:

  • Resides in the attendance area or voting district of that school.
  • Is not the parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled at that school; and
  • Is not an employee of the Board.

Teacher Representative

A teacher is eligible to serve as a teacher representative if he/she:

  • Is employed full-time and assigned to a teaching position or a position for which qualifications as a teacher are required; and
  • Performs the majority of his/her employment duties at the attendance center.

Non-Teacher Representative

A non-teaching staff member is eligible to serve as a non-teaching staff representative if he/she:

  • Is employed full-time and assigned to a position for which qualifications as a teacher are not required; and
  • Performs the majority of his/her employment duties at the attendance center.

Student Representative

A student representative is eligible to serve on the LSC if he/she is a full-time high school student.

Additional LSC Information

  • Relatives of the principal are not eligible to serve on the LSC.
  • Individuals who have been convicted of certain felonies are not eligible to serve either permanently or for 10 years after the date of conviction. See the Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form for more information.
  • LSC members may be seated immediately with FULL voting privileges pending the completion of their criminal background checks.

NOTE: Assistant Principals are not eligible to serve on an LSC.

Contact Information

Office of Local School Council Relations
Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington
Blvd, 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60612
773-553-1400 | Main
773-553-6563 | Fax

LSC Eligibility

Local School Councils are made up of the principal, parents, community members, school staff members and students.

Elected LSCs in Elementary schools consist of 12 voting members:

1 - Principal
6 - Parent representatives
2 - Community representatives
2 - Teacher representatives
1 - Non-teacher staff representative

Elected LSCs in High schools consist of 13 voting members:

1 - Principal
6 - Parent representatives
2 - Community representatives
2 - Teacher representatives
1 - Non-teacher staff representative
1 - Student representative

Parents and community members elect the parent and community representatives. School staffs vote for teacher and non-teacher staff candidates to be appointed to those positions on the LSC by the Board. The composition of Appointed Local School Councils and Boards of Governors varies from the composition of elected LSCs.

Please call the Office of Local School Council Relations (773-553-1400) for the composition of a particular Appointed Local School Council or Board of Governors.

LSC eligibility by member is detailed below:

Principal

The Principal, whether contractual, acting, or interim, is automatically a member of their school´s LSC.

Parent Representative

A parent is eligible to serve as a parent representative if he/she:

  • Is the parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled in that school; and
  • Is not an employee of the Board.

Community Representative

A community member is eligible to serve as a community representative if he/she:

  • Is 18 years of age or older
  • Resides in the attendance area or voting district of that school.
  • Is not the parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled at that school; and
  • Is not an employee of the Board.

Teacher Representative

A teacher is eligible to serve as a teacher representative if he/she:

  • Is employed full-time and assigned to a teaching position or a position for which qualifications as a teacher are required; and
  • Performs the majority of his/her employment duties at the attendance center.

Non-Teacher Representative

A non-teacher staff member is eligible to serve as a non-teacher staff representative if he/she:

  • Is employed full-time and assigned to a position for which qualifications as a teacher are not required; and
  • Performs the majority of his/her employment duties at the attendance center.

Student Representative

A student representative is eligible to serve on the LSC if he/she is a full-time high school student.

The student serves a one year term.

Additional LSC Information

  • Relatives of the principal are not eligible to serve on the LSC.
  • Individuals who have been convicted of certain felonies are not eligible to serve either permanently or for 10 years after the date of conviction. See the Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form at cps.edu/lscelections for more information.
  • LSC parent and community members may be seated immediately with FULL voting privileges pending the completion of their criminal background checks.
  • NOTE: Assistant Principals are not eligible to serve on an LSC.

Contact Information

Office of Local School Council Relations
42 West Madison

Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 773-553-1400
TTY: 773-553-3332

Related Links

LSC Elections
LSC Training
LSC Eligibility
LSC Relations
LSC History

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