The General Counsel of the Chicago Board of Education has made a preliminary determination that Sharon Jones, currently serving as a parent representative and president of Amundsen High School’s Local School Council, is ineligible to hold the position “because you do not have a child currently attending Amundsen High School, which is prohibited by Board rule 6-28,” according to a letter obtained by Center Square Journal.
At a candidate forum held prior to this spring’s LSC elections, Jones stated that she was qualified to serve as parent rep because she is the guardian of two students at the high school. LSC rules define “parent” as biological or adoptive parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of a student, with legal guardian further clarified as “a person who has been formally appointed guardian of a child by a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Both Jones and the Board will have an opportunity to present evidence at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 28, 11 a.m., in the Law Department of the Board of Education, 125 S. Clark St., seventh floor.
Jones was not in attendance at the most recent meetings of Amundsen’s LSC. She will remain a member of the Council pending the results of the scheduled hearing. If Jones is indeed found ineligible, the LSC has the authority to fill the vacancy; the Council is already short one parent representative.