LSC filing deadline extended as candidates become scarce

The Chicago Public Schools has extended the deadline to file as a candidate to the Local School Councils due to a lack of interest. The Chicago school board said “the deadline is being extended to give parents and community members the fullest opportunity to become involved in their schools.”

Seven CPS LSCs are short candidates in the upcoming election. School officials have extended the deadline for filing for LSC until March 24.

Seven CPS LSCs are short candidates in the upcoming election. School officials have extended the deadline for filing for LSC until March 24.Seven CPS LSCs are short candidates in the upcoming election. School officials have extended the deadline for filing for LSC until March 24.

The new deadline for filing is March 24th at 3 PM.

A report in the Chicago Sun-Times says the schools received petitions from just 5,900 candidates. LSC advocates, the report says, are aiming for 7,000 candidates. “Since 1991, the number of candidates has ranged from 6,660 to 8,400,” the Sun-Times says. This is the 20th anniversary of the creation of local school councils. The Chicago Board of Education says there are about 600 LSCs.

According to the Sun-Times LSC activists pressured the schools to extend the deadline.

The Local School Councils are composed of six parents, two community representatives and two teachers as well as the principal. High schools also include a student representative. LSCs need a quorum of five to operate, according to the Sun-Times.

An analysis of schools in the Welles Park neighborhood indicated seven of the eleven schools are short candidates.

Candidates complete the form from the CPS web site, they do not collect signatures. The completed form should be returned to the local school.

School

Parents minimum needed

Parent actual candidates

Community members minimum needed

Community members actual candidates

Teacher minimum needed

Teacher actual candidates

Bell

6

10

2

3

2

3

Budlong

6

5

2

2

2

2

Chappell

6

4

2

3

2

2

Coonley

6

13

2

1

2

2

Courtenay

6

5

2

None reported

2

2

McPherson

6

7

2

3

2

3

Ravenswood

6

6

2

3

2

3

Waters

6

10

2

3

2

4

Amundsen HS

6

4

2

4

2

3

Lake View HS

6

5

2

4

2

2

Lane Tech HS

6

7

2

3

2

3

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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