On November 18 and 19, Chicago Public Schools will hold elections for Local School Councils at individual CPS elementary and high schools. Below, you can find resources created by either 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, or Chicago Public Schools. Find out what school district you’re in, what local school councils (LSCs) are, why they’re important, and how to vote.
How to find out what school district you’re in
What is a Local School Council
Local School Councils (LSCs) are the governing bodies of individual Chicago Public Schools that are responsible for overseeing school priorities such as approving the school budget, the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), and overseeing principal evaluation. This is a great way for members of the school community to become more civically engaged at the school level. LSCs typically consist of parents, teachers, non-teacher staff, community members, one student (high school only) and the principal.
Read more on our LSC SparkNotes.
When is Election Day?
Elementary Schools will hold LSC elections on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Community and parent voters can vote-in person from 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.
High Schools will hold LSC elections on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Community and parent voters can vote-in person from 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.
How to Vote
Community members are required to vote in-person for LSC elections. Schools will be open from 7 a.m. — 7 p.m. on election day.
Parents of CPS students are mailed their ballots prior to the election. Ballots postmarked by election day will be counted and considered valid. Parents can also drop off their ballots in person or opt to vote in person instead.
Individuals must present two forms of identification when voting in-person at their eligible school. Community members must present at least one form of identification that shows their current residential address within the school boundary. Parent voters must present at least one form of identification or documentation that shows they are a parent/legal guardian/temporary custodian of a student enrolled at the school.
Each community member or parent is allowed to vote for their favorite five candidates, regardless of whether they’re running for community representative or parent. If they vote for six+ candidates, their ballot is voided. Voters are allowed to vote for fewer than five candidates.
2020 LSC Candidate Information
Read the Goudy candidate statements here (PDF).
Read the Hayt candidate statements here (PDF).
Read the Peirce candidate statements here (PDF).
Read the Swift candidate statements here (PDF).