Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lake View High School. Credit: Mike Fourcher

This is it folks, your last chance to vote in a Local School Council election…in 2012.

Stories to watch: At Lake View, a whopping 12 community members are vying for just two seats, compared with two uncontested parents running to fill six positions. Lane Tech, on the other hand, draws students from across the city as opposed to a single neighborhood, which likely explains the lack of community interest; just three community candidates are contending for the LSC versus 13 parents. Find the complete candidate slates here.

At Lane Tech, the incoming LSC, officially seated July 1, will be working with a new principal, assuming the current LSC hires a replacement for Antoinette LoBosco before handing over the reins.

With the bar for admission to selective enrollment schools like Lane Tech raised impossibly high, Lake View has come under greater scrutiny of late, targeted as part of an effort to create a viable K-12 system for families. The announcement of Lake View as a STEM school – one step toward the goal of encouraging more neighborhood parents to give the high school serious consideration – clearly piqued the interest of area residents and is largely responsible for the unusually high number of community candidates

There’s much at stake for schools in these elections – though apparently not enough to get Mayor Emanuel to vote. The challenge will be for a high school such as Lake View to capture community enthusiasm and energy and channel it toward real progress.

Voting at high schools runs through 7 p.m. tonight. Check out our guide on where and how to vote.

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