Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the mayor, but there are elected bodies that are part of the Chicago Public Schools network called Local School Councils or LSCs. They’re comprised of parents, community members and teachers. High school LSCs also have a student representative.
Because of the coronavirus, elections for LSC members who will start their terms in January were delayed. Instead of happening in April, they’re happening now.
Natasha Erskine of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education says LSCs have been around for 30 years.
Because of COVID-19 this year's elections are a little different. Parents should have received ballots by mail.
Chicago residents who don’t have a child enrolled in a CPS school can also cast a ballot, but they have to actually go to the school to cast it.
More people are running for spots on LSCs this time around, but there are still a whopping number of schools where there are vacancies that effectively stunt the abilities of LSCs to act.
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