Local School Council Candidate Filings at All-Time Low
With the filing deadline a week away, the number of candidates for Local School Council representative is at an all-time low of 1,071. For the 2004 elections, nearly 2,000 candidates had registered by this time. The filing deadline for LSC candidates is Friday, March 17, and elections are April 19 and 20.
To encourage more candidates to run, CPS announced plans to double the amount of grants given to community-based organizations for candidate recruitment. CPS has awarded grants to 30 community groups totaling $28,000, and pledges to double the amount given to each group.
“ Local School Councils are a vital part of school reform and an important way for the community to have a voice in what goes on in its school,” CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan said. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.” An LSC has 11 members including the school principal.
The decrease in the number of LSC candidates in recent years has troubled CPS officials. More than 17,000 candidates filed in 1989, compared to less than 7,000 in 2004. The district needs at least 6,000 candidates to fill all available slots and would prefer more to make the local elections more competitive.
As a result, beginning with an announcement on the first day of registration Dec. 1, CPS launched an aggressive recruitment campaign featuring radio and print ads, special supplements and sending applications home with each student. School officials have also simplified the nomination process to make it easier for parents to run. The district now has a two-page nomination form, as opposed to the nine-page form candidates had to complete in previous elections.
NOH community residents who are interested in more information on the LSC election at Gale Community Academy, should contact Elizabeth Canales, co-oridinator of the LSC elections by calling the school at 773-534-2100. As noted above, the final deadline for submission of nomination papers is 3:00 p.m. on March 17th .
LSCs were established to give local communities control, and a voice in the running of their schools. The NHNA, urges all residents to vote April 19th and especially urges parents of Gale students, to actively participate in the Gale LSC 'year round'.