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Local School Council Elections 2000

PR Newswire

April 5, 2000

LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS TODAY AND TOMORROW; PARENTS AND COMMUNITY VOTING CRITICAL AT SCHOOLS WITH CONTESTED ELECTIONS, SAYS CHICAGO SCHOOL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIVE

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CHICAGO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Local School Council Elections will take place at 566 schools across the city today, April 5th and Thursday April 6th. The election dates coincide with report card pick-up, April 5th at grammar schools and April 6th at high schools. Nearly 75% of schools have contested elections in either the parent or community category, increasing the need for voter turnout.

With nearly 6,000 parent and community representative seats to be decided, LSC elections are the largest municipal election in Illinois. Anyone over 18 years of age living in the attendance area of the school is eligible to vote. This includes not only parents with a child in school but any community resident who cares about children's education. There is no citizenship requirement, and voters do not need to be registered to vote in federal, state, or municipal elections.

"LSC elections are vital because you choose candidates that will make decisions impacting the lives of your children and the children living in your community," said Kathleen Harris, Education Director of the Chicago Urban League. "One individual's vote can really make a difference."

Local School Council members are charged with approving school improvement plans, hiring and evaluating principals, and overseeing budget decisions for their school. Each school in Chicago has an elected local school council made up of six parents, two teachers, two community members, the principal, and at the high school level, a student. LSCs were created by the School Reform Act of 1988 to allow local stakeholders to participate in important decisions affecting the schools in their community.

"It takes some guts to step forward to be a leader," said Ruben McGaughy, Field Organizer for the Cooperative. "It's important that we show support by turning out to vote on April 5th and 6th.

LSCs have the power to make real changes at struggling schools and make good schools even better. LSCs allow stakeholders to participate in vital decisions affecting the schools in their community, such as approving school improvement plans, hiring and evaluating principals and overseeing budget decisions. LSC's knowledge and flexibility at the local level, combined with the fiscal accountability of the central administration, are improving schools all over the city.

The LSC 2000 Campaign is coordinated by the Chicago School Leadership Development Cooperative, a newly formed network of organizations created to increase community support for local schools. Grants are administered by Leadership for Quality Education, a business backed school reform group. /NOTE TO EDITORS: VISUAL: PARENTS VOTING FOR THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL Wednesday (elementary schools): * Suder Elementary, 2022 W. Washington, contact Carrie Ware, 773-534-7685,

heaviest voting between 12:15-5:15 p.m. * Interamerican Magnet, 919 W. Barry, contact Nancy Perez, 773-534-5490,

heaviest voting between 2-4 pm and 6-7 p.m. * Beasley Magnet, 5255 S. State, contact Dr. Doris DuBois, 773-535-1919,

heaviest voting between noon-6 p.m. Thursday (high schools): * Jones Magnet High, 606 S. State, contact Peg Pinaglia (ask for page) 773-534-8600, heaviest voting between 2-6 p.m./ /CONTACT: Andy Wade or Don Washington, of Chicago School Leadership Development Cooperative, 312-583-1714, or Michelle Wilson or Jeanette McCulloch, of Valerie Denney Communications, 312-408-2580, for Chicago School Leadership Development Cooperative/ 06:20 EDT


SUBJECT: CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS (97%); ELECTIONS (93%); PRESS RELEASES (90%); CITY GOVERNMENT (90%); VOTERS & VOTING (90%); CHILDREN (90%); SCHOOL PRINCIPALS (89%); EDUCATION SYSTEMS & INSTITUTIONS (89%); PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION (89%); BUSINESS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (88%); PUBLIC SCHOOLS (87%); CITIES (78%); PRIMARY SCHOOLS (78%); EDUCATION LAW (78%); STUDENTS & STUDENT LIFE (78%); PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS (77%); SECONDARY SCHOOLS (77%); CITIZENSHIP (55%); EDUCATION REFORM (89%) GN01 Elections; GN Government News; GOVT Government news

COMPANY: QUALITY EDUCATION DATA (51%)

INDUSTRY: P9199 General Government NEC; P8211 Elementary & Secondary Schools; N9211 General Government Administration; N61111 Elementary & Secondary Schools

GEOGRAPHIC: CHICAGO, IL, USA (94%) ILLINOIS, USA (94%) UNITED STATES (94%) United States of America; Americas; North America; Pacific Rim; Illinois

LOAD-DATE: March 10, 2001

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

ACC-NO: A20000405136F-34E-WR

PUBLICATION-TYPE: Other

JOURNAL-CODE: WPRW


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