LSC Elections are upon us!
LSC elections happen every two years. Elections are April 13, 2016 for elementary schools and April 14, 2016 for high schools. They coincide with Parent-Teacher Conference Day.
The deadline for applying is 3:00 p.m. at the school you wish to run on March 4, 2016.
Download forms from CPS (mailed, emailed, faxed or copied forms are not accepted).
Below is a RYH blog post from 4 years ago that explains what LSCs are and why you should consider running. Below that are the dates you need to know for this LSC election cycle.
Another great resources is the How to Run for Local School Council LSC 2nd print Guide. It is downloadable at the link provided.
Most Chicago public school parents have been in “the system” longer than most of the people at the helm of education policy at CPS, the Board of Education, City Hall and ISBE. Yet despite our advanced tenure, most of us are not well informed or connected to the Local School Councils (LSCs) that govern each of our traditional Chicago public schools.
It’s time to change that. Raise Your Hand wants you to get involved in your school or your community’s LSC. Having served on an LSC for four years, I can tell you this is coming up fast, it’s easier than you think, and it’s more important to get involved than ever.
Some background: In 1988, the Chicago School Reform Act created LSCs for all Chicago Public Schools. The new law was the result of grassroots work to improve schools by giving parents and community members real control over school budgets, improvement plans, and selection and evaluation of principals. Each LSC consists of six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teaching staff member, the principal, and in high schools – one student member with limited voting powers.
Ask yourself this: what issues are going to come before my child(ren)’s school for the next two years, and who is going to be on the governance team?
With an active and engaged membership, LSCs improve school governance and community engagement. The Consortium on Chicago School Research study found most local school councils to be highly effective.
At a time when CPS decisions seem more top-down than ever, now is the time to get involved. There are lots of ways to participate – apply to run for LSC, serve as an election judge, or help a fellow parent, school staff or community member run for LSC and bring his or her talents to bear on your school’s site-based administrative team for the next two years. Those who don’t get elected, can still serve on various LSC committees – budget, planning, etc.
Serving on an LSC is a considerable responsibility and it can be time-consuming. But the rewards are many. Your work can truly improve a school. The initiative you take is a model to your children that excellent systems of education are important and that we all have a valuable role to play in making schools great.
As of today, you have a little over 2 weeks to submit an application. Key dates:
- March 4 at 3:00 p.m. – deadline to submit nomination materials at your school
- March 8 by 12:00pm – principal posts the list of candidates
- March 11 at 3:00 p.m. – deadline to submit applications to be an election judge
- March 23 - April 1 – school candidate forum
- April 4 – schools distribute candidate literature
- April 13 – elections at elementary schools (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- April 14 – elections at high schools (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)