In 1989, during the first LSC elections, 300,000 votes were cast–that’s roughly what Rahmbo earned to become mayor. But like a lot of statistics, that oft-referenced number is slightly deceiving. Divide the amount of votes among multiple candidates at hundreds of schools and it’s clear that anyone with a handful of friends (real, not Facebook) has a mighty good chance of snagging a seat on the LSC of his or her choice. At a number of schools the positions are as uncontested as an incumbent Democrat in a Chicago primary.
LSC representatives have the power to hire or fire a school’s principal. They determine where to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in discretionary spending. And if there’s little competition and a low level of interest from parents and the community, they can earn these privileges by collecting fewer than a dozen votes.
CSJ, through a Freedom of Information Act request of Chicago Public Schools, has obtained documents that break down the number of LSC candidates per school and their respective vote totals in 2010. Note: Each LSC consists of the school’s principal, six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teaching staff member and, in high schools, one student.
Lake View, 4015 N. Ashland Ave.
Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison St.
Audubon, 3500 N. Hoyne Ave.
Blaine, 1420 W. Grace St.
Burley, 1630 W. Barry Ave.
Hamilton, 1650 W. Cornelia Ave.
Jahn, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave.