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Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

By Mike Fourcher

When you live in a community where everything seems to go well, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on outside of the neighborhood. Are we suffering from a kind of cognitive dissonance with the rest of Chicago?

Board of Ed Challenges Eligibility of Amundsen LSC Member

By Patty Wetli

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 Read the Rest…

Back to School at Jahn Elementary: Open House to Meet the New Principal

By Patty Wetli

Here’s the one time you want to get sent to the principal’s office. In advance of the start of the 2012-13 school year, Jahn Elementary is holding a meet-and-greet with the school’s new principal, Stephanie Bloom, on Aug. 16, 6 p.m., 3149 N. Wolcott. The informal get-together provides parents and community members with an opportunity Read the Rest…

Burley LSC Confirms Plocher as Principal

By Patty Wetli

After reviewing 21 resumes and interviewing five candidates, Burley Elementary‘s local school council met Tuesday morning and confirmed the recommendation of its principal selection committee, offering a four-year contract to the school’s assistant principal, Catherine Plocher. In the end, Plocher’s instructional and administrative experience at the elementary level carried the day. “We certainly feel we Read the Rest…

Lane Tech LSC Chooses New Principal, Promotes From Within

By Patty Wetli

After interviewing three candidates over the course of a two-hour closed-door session Monday night, Lane Tech’s LSC reconvened in open session, and the council’s chairman, Gary Gruenewald, moved to approve the selection of a new principal. “Motion to offer a four-year contract to Dr. Christopher Dignam,” said parent representative Deborah Taus-Barth. To a unanimous chorus Read the Rest…

Principal Search: Burley Progressing Faster Than Jahn

By Geoff Dankert

With dozens of principals retiring from CPS this year, the race is on for schools to recruit and hire replacements by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Among those in hiring mode: Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry Ave., and Jahn World Language School, 3149 N. Wolcott St., which differ widely in the pace of Read the Rest…

CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

By Mike Fourcher

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from Center Square Journal, the Chicago Public Schools released complete Local School Council election results this afternoon, a full week after the elections were conducted. 6,613 candidates ran for community, teacher, parent and non-teacher staff representative positions. While over 400 candidates received no votes at all, Waters Read the Rest…

CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

By Mike Fourcher

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from Center Square Journal, the Chicago Public Schools released complete Local School Council election results this afternoon, a full week after the elections were conducted. 6,613 candidates ran for community, teacher, parent and non-teacher staff representative positions. While over 400 candidates received no votes at all, Waters Read the Rest…

Voters Converge On Amundsen HS for LSC Election

By Mike Fourcher

In a sure sign that community members care deeply about the future of Amundsen High School, 912 441 parents and community members voted in the school’s Local School Council election yesterday. This year’s vote total, almost twice more than four times the 221 people that voted in 2010, came amidst the retirement announcement of Principal Carlos Munoz, Read the Rest…

Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch

By Patty Wetli

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 Read the Rest…

Election Day for High Schools: Races to Watch

By Patty Wetli

This is it folks, your last chance to vote in a Local School Council election…in 2012. CSJ‘s readers reported strong turnout at several elementary schools yesterday; let’s see how the high schools fare today. The big stories to watch are the community races at Amundsen and Lake View. At Amundsen, community candidates outnumber parents by Read the Rest…

Election Day for Elementary Schools: Races to Watch

By Patty Wetli

What, schools are holding elections today? Why didn’t anyone tell us? But seriously folks, Local School Council election day is upon us, at least at the elementary level, and then we get to do it all over again tomorrow at the high schools. We won’t know if voters give a hoot until the final ballots Read the Rest…

Autocall Slings Mud On Amundsen LSC Race

By Mike Fourcher

On the eve of elections, campaigning for Local School Council fell to a new low as an anonymous autocall made an series of allegations against a sitting LSC member. At about 8:00 p.m. this evening residents across Lincoln Square and Ravenswood received a call from an unidentified male voice claiming to deliver a, “Community warning for Read the Rest…

Everything You Need to Know About Voting in an LSC Election

By Patty Wetli

Now that we’ve badgered you into convinced you of the importance of voting in Local School Council elections, we can’t leave you hanging on the who and how – and we might even pester you again about the why. Who can vote All Chicago residents age 18 and older are eligible to vote, no need Read the Rest…

What You Need to Know About Voting in an LSC Election

By Patty Wetli

Now that we’ve badgered you into convinced you of the importance of voting in Local School Council elections, we can’t leave you hanging on the who and how – and we might even pester you again about the why. Who can vote All Chicago residents age 18 and older are eligible to vote, no need Read the Rest…

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