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Local School Councils

Without the benefit of an elected school board, the races for Chicago’s Local School Councils are the closest city residents get to democracy in education. At the most localized of scales, they are also the best opportunity to connect directly with the constituents represented. That includes teachers, students, parents and community members.
If your LSC or PPLC needs training, please email Sarah Rothschild or call 312-329-6287.

The Chicago Teachers Union is a proud member of the LSC’s 4 All Coalition.

Resist Unsafe CPS Reopening Plan

Several LSCs throughout Chicago have passed resolutions opposing the CPS reopening plans. You can urge your own LSC to pass one, too. Here is a guide to calling a special meeting of the LSC. Below is a link to a sample LSC resolution for this purpose.

Send your resolutions to:

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot at LetterToTheMayor@cityofchicago.org
  • CPS Dir. of LSC Relations Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Montes de Oca at gwmontesdeoc@cps.edu
  • Your Field Rep and Organizer
  • CTU Researcher Sarah Rothschild at SarahRothschild@ctulocal1.org
Sample Resolution on Unsafe Reopening Plan


Guidance on LSCs during COVID-19

CPS Guidance Document

Important CPS links to inform and empower your LSC

  1. Office of LSC Relations – LSC Facilitators: Contact these people if you think LSC rules are being violated at your school.
  2. LSC Training Portal
  3. LSC Reference Guide in English
  4. Guia de Recursos de los LSCs (Spanish LSC Reference Guide)
  5. CPS Financial Information
  6. CPS Contracts & Procurement
  7. CPS Employee Position Files
  8. School Profiles have LOTS of good information about your school!

    Enter your school’s name, click on the link, and then click on the link for the “downloads” section:

    • My School My Voice Survey
    • CIWP
    • Asbestos report
    • Facility Assessment
  9. CPS Data Portal has SQRP, suspension/expulsion data, school achievement data, enrollment and demographic data.
  10. SQRP Info
  11. Principal Evaluation Rubric
  12. 5 Essentials Survey has information on how well organized your school is.

General CTU Announcement

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our new podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our children and educators deserve.

Listen Now!