Now that the Illinois primary has passed, we’d like to draw your attention to April elections for what we think is the most important civic body: Your Local School Council. In the coming weeks Center Square Journal, and our sister site, Roscoe View Journal, will be closely covering LSC elections for the fifteen public schools in our coverage area.
Local School Councils, which hold their bi-annual elections on April 18 and 19, have tremendous impact on our communities. They hire and fire their principals, oversee annual discretionary budgets in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and determine local school curriculum. A good LSC can make a great public school. And as every homeowner knows, a great public school makes for great property values.
Everyone can vote for Local School Council, you don’t have to have a child in public school. In fact, if you’re considering sending your child to a public school in the future now is the perfect time to get involved.
You can find CSJ’s LSC coverage here, along with individual pages for each public school, which includes past coverage of each school, and a place for LSC candidate to promote their candidacy. (Candidates can submit their information here.)
We’re also hosting an LSC candidate meet and greet at the DANK Haus on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll provide a brief policy briefing, a map for you to find your local school and a setting for local voters to meet their candidates.
Finally, many local schools are still looking for candidates to run for LSC. The deadline is this Friday, March 23, and all you need to do is file at your local school. It’s easy!
We hope you’ll find this resource useful, and that you’ll use it to get involved with your neighborhood school.