Apr 082024
 

CPS Local School Council (LSC) Elections April 10-11, 2024

Local School Council (LSC) Elections are being held on Wednesday, April 10th, for Elementary Schools and Thursday, April 11, 2024, for High Schools.

Although the general community, which includes COAL, receive very little information from CPS leading up to LSC Elections, COAL encourages the community to vote for LSCs for schools within your respective area, should you have the time and interest (and we should). And, importantly, to those of you who are well-informed and engaged, it is imperative that you do vote. For many, there will be multiple schools for which you can cast votes.

Please note that as we focus on improving public education in Chicago, LSCs are another area of concern requiring our community’s attention. There are issues such as:

  • Improving CPS transparency, communication and engagement with the community – information on LSC Elections, as one example, is poorly disseminated;
  • Advocating for LSCs having / retaining the authority required to effectively provide school governance as intended (see responsibilities below);
  • Providing mechanisms for LSCs to challenge CPS overriding LSC decisions;
  • Reversing the Mayor’s unilateral decision to eliminate School Resource Officer (SRO)s and making this an LSC decision for its respective school (please read Principal Morrow’s commentary below);
  • Ensuring every school has a fully functioning LSC; and
  • Ensuring each LSC receives the training required to effectively carry out its responsibilities.

COAL commits, point-forward, to doing its part towards our community being better-informed on all things LSC and adding this to its Education agenda.

Our children deserve a quality education.

Respectfully,

COAL Board of Directors

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“The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us…”

Let Us be intentional in all aspects of the Work that must be done.

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