Professional Personnel Leadership Committees

The PPLC provides a powerful opportunity for teachers to lead the discussion on curriculum and instruction and to have a say in budgetary matters.
The Professional Personnel Leadership Committee is mandated by State law and provides a powerful opportunity for teachers to lead the discussion on curriculum and instruction. The PPLC is superior to, and can replace, the Instructional Leadership Teams that CPS promotes as an alternative to the State-law-mandated committee. The nominations for PPLC are taken the first week of school. The principal announces nominations will be taken and then leaves the meeting. The process and the vote is run by the two LSC teacher reps. See below for the makeup of a PPLC and start one at your school now.

It says:

(105 ILCS 5/34-2.4a) (from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.4a)

Sec. 34-2.4a. Professional personnel leadership committee.

(a) At each attendance center operated pursuant to this Article, a professional personnel leadership committee consisting of (i) up to 7 members elected each school year who are certified classroom teachers or other certificated personnel, who are employed at the attendance center, and who desire to be members of the committee and (ii) the 2 teacher members of the local school council. The teacher members of the local school council shall serve as co-chairs of the committee, or one teacher member of the local school council chosen by the committee shall serve as chair of the committee. The size of the committee shall be determined by the certified classroom teachers and other certificated personnel at the attendance center, including the principal.

(b) The purpose of the committee is to develop and formally present recommendations to the principal and the local school council on all matters of educational program, including but not limited to curriculum, school improvement plan development and implementation, and school budgeting.

(c) For the elected committee members, the principal shall convene a publicized meeting of all certified classroom teachers and other certificated personnel, at which meeting those certified classroom teachers and other certificated personnel present, excluding the principal, shall elect members to serve on the committee. A staff member eligible to vote may vote for the same number of candidates in the election as the number of members to be elected, but votes shall not be cumulated. Ties shall be determined by lot. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner.

(d) All committee meetings shall be held before or after school with no loss of instructional time. Committee members shall receive no compensation for their activities as committee members.

(e) In furtherance of its purpose, the committee shall have the authority to gather information from school staff through interviews, on noninstructional time, without the prior approval of the principal, the local school council, the board, the board’s chief executive officer, or the chief executive officer’s administrative staff.

The committee shall meet once a month with the principal to make recommendations to the principal regarding the specific methods and contents of the school’s curriculum and to make other educational improvement recommendations approved by the committee. A report from the committee regarding these matters may be an agenda item at each regular meeting of the local school council.

The principal shall provide the committee with the opportunity to review and make recommendations regarding the school improvement plan and school budget. The teacher members of the local school council may bring motions concerning the recommendations approved by the committee, which motions shall formally be considered at meetings of the local school council.

(Source: P.A. 93-48, eff. 7-1-03.)

Below is toolkit which provides forms for use in establishing your PPLC, its agenda, and a sample of how to report back what was discussed to the membership, as well as information on Professional Problems Committees (PPCs). Active PPCs and PPLCs will help empower your members and give voice to their ideas, problems and concerns. These committees can resolve many issues without having to resort to grievances and can help bring together and strengthen our members.

Layoff Rights

Despite inadequate staffing and large class sizes, CPS continues to disrespect educators with layoffs that hurt our members, our students and our schools. Thanks to our contract, CPS is required to follow some rules when they make these layoffs and laid off teachers have rights.

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