Building exterior
LSC Elections » LSC Elections

LSC Elections

LSC Update Due Date
This Spring, schools across Chicago will conduct an election in which parents, community members, students and staff will have the opportunity to run and vote for positions on Local School Councils. If you're interested in getting more involved with the Jones LSC, we encourage you to consider running in this year's LSC election.
 
Who: Parents, community members, students, principals, and school staff may all serve on LSCs. Criteria for eligibility depends on member type. 
 
When: To run in an LSC election, submit the application materials listed below by February 14, 2024. Election day for elementary schools is April 10, 2024, and election day for high schools is April 11, 2024. New two-year terms of office beginning July 1, 2024. For the full election timeline, visit the Key Dates page.

» LSC Election - Candidate Nomination Forms (Date Extended to Feb. 14)

How: Follow the application instructions on the CPS LSC Election page to apply to run for an LSC seat.
 

 
LSC Responsibilities
  • Monitoring the school improvement plan—also known as their school’s CIWP.
  • Monitoring the school's budget and expenditures.
  • Evaluating their school’s principal annually, as well as selecting a new contract principal for their school or renewing the contract of their current principal.
Each LSCs set its own regular meeting schedules, which can be obtained directly from the school.
 
How to Apply
If you are a parent, community member, student, or teacher looking to get more involved with your school, we encourage you to consider running in your school’s LSC election
 

1. Check Your Eligibility

Parents, community members, students, principals and school staff may all serve on LSCs. Criteria for eligibility depends on member type. 

  • Parent member candidates must have a child enrolled in the school
  • Community member candidates must reside within the school's attendance area or voting district (for city-wide enrollment schools)
  • School staff member candidates must be assigned to perform a majority of their work duties at the school.
To learn more about your eligibility and the composition of LSCs, view our eligibility rules.
 
 

2. Find Your LSC

View the 2024 LSC Election Map to find seats that you are eligible to run for in the upcoming election. The map will display school boundaries to help you locate schools where you may be eligible to serve. You must live within a school’s attendance boundary to apply for LSC membership as a community member. You may apply for LSC membership as a parent at the school your child attends.

3. Complete the Nomination Forms

Once you have identified an LSC election that you are eligible to run in, complete the nomination forms listed below. Please note which forms are required and optional for your candidate member type (parent and community candidate, student candidate, staff candidate).

4. Submit Your Nomination Forms

You or a representative must file your nomination forms by 3:00 p.m., February 14, 2024. You may file your nomination forms at one of the following locations: 

  • in person at the school where you seek to serve
  • Office of Local School Council Relations, 2651 West Washington Blvd., 3 rd Floor

Mailed, e-mailed, faxed or copied forms will NOT be accepted.

Candidates for parent representative or community representative, or their representative, must also present two forms of identification to establish their eligibility to run and serve as LSC members. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State of Illinois ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • MediPlan/Medicaid Card
  • IDPA Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Matrícula Consular
  • Student ID
  • Public Library Card
  • Other Governmental Agency I.D.
  • Current Lease
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Employment ID
  • Court Documents

5. Attend a Candidate Forum

Following the nomination period, candidates will have an opportunity to attend a Candidate Forum at the school between March 11 and March 19, 2024. (Please ask the principal for the exact date and time.)

Candidates will also have the opportunity to have the school distribute campaign literature to parents on Campaign Literature Distribution Day on April 4, 2024. To do so, school staff candidates must submit their literature by 3:00 p.m., March 22, 2024. Parent and community candidates must submit their literature, in sets of 35 or as directed by the school, by 3:00 p.m., March 22, 2024. An LSC Election Guide, including election rules and procedures, is available for review in the school’s main office.

Resources

For details on the 2024 LSC election process, please see:


Office of Local School Council Relations
773-553-1400
773-553-1402 (Fax)