Local School Councils

If you are interested in running for your Local School Council, please visit 2018 LSC Elections.

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

About Us

The Office of Local School Council Relations provides support and technical assistance to Local School Councils (LSCs) as they carry out the responsibilities of local school governance in the four principal areas of:

  • 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

News and Announcements

The deadline to submit nomination forms in person to schools is March 2nd, at 3:00pm.

The deadline to submit nomination forms in person to the Office of Local School Council Relations is February 20th, at 3:00pm.

Visit cps.edu/lscelections to get started!

Additional Resources

Election judges are needed for the upcoming election. Applications for Election Judges are available at schools and at .
Completed applications can be returned to schools.
A complete application includes:  

  1. An Application Form
  2. A W-9 Form
  3. A Chicago Public Schools Vendor Number Request Form

These forms are required and available at schools or at cps.edu/lscelections.
Judges will be paid $150. Schools will provide light meals. Judges are required to complete a two-hour live training.
Please note that all Election Judges must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. NOT serve at a school where they are related to a candidate and/or principal
  3. NOT serve at a school in which they are a candidate

It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure all election related tasks are completed. Due to the large number and types of tasks, principals are strongly encouraged to identify an Election Coordinator (EC) to manage pre-, day-of, and post- Election activities.
Download the EC Job Description for more information.
Download the EC Training Power Point and Webinar Link below to learn more:

1. Why were LSCs created?

LSCs were created by The Chicago School Reform Act of 1998 with the intent of improving academic achievement, by placing the primary responsibility for school governance and improvement in the hands of parents, community residents, teachers, and the school principal at the school level. 105 ILCS 5/34-1.01.

2. What are the responsibilities of an LSC?

  1. Approving how school funds and resources are allocated.
  2. Developing and monitoring the School Improvement Plan (CIWP).
  3. Evaluating and selecting the school’s principal.

3. Who is eligible to run for an LSC?

    All parents, community members, and school staff members 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 available at all schools or cps.edu/lscelections.

4. What is the composition of an LSC?

    There are three different types of LSCs:
    Traditional LSCs –
    The Principal
    6 parent representatives
    2 community representatives
    2 teacher representatives
    1 representative of the non-teacher staff
    1 student representative (high school only)

    Appointed LSCS (ALSC) – *This list may vary
    The Principal
    6 parent representatives
    2 community representatives
    2 teacher representatives
    2 advocates
    1 student representative (high school only)

    Appointed Board of Governors (BOG) –
    1 commandant
    6 parent representatives
    2 community representatives
    2 teacher representatives

5. How are members selected?

  1. LSC members are elected by parents and community residents every two years. This year, the elections will take place Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 for elementary schools, and Thursday, April 19th, 2018 for high school.
  2. Teacher representatives and the non-teaching staff representative are appointed by the Board, following a preference poll of all full-time staff.
  3. The school principal is automatically a member of the LSC.
  4. A high school student is appointed by the Board, following a preference poll of the students at the school.

6. What are the requirements of LSC members?

  1. Complete and submit an application to the school in which you are seeking candidacy or The Office of Local School Council Relations.
  2. Complete required training within 6 months of taking office
  3. File an Annual Statement of Economic Interests
  4. Complete a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form
  5. Undergo a fingerprint-based criminal conviction investigation

Forms are available online at cps.edu/lscelections or your school.

Page Last Modified on Thursday, April 05, 2018