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LSC candidate deadline extended

CPS has extended the deadline for candidates to file for LSC elections to Monday, March 24.  The news was reported on PURE’s blog, and apparently nowhere else —  even the CPS website has no word of the extension.  Indeed, CPS still has the original March 12 deadline on its LSC election timeline (pdf) and on the nomination form available here.

There are currently just over 5,500 candidates signed up, according to Julie Woestehoff of PURE.  According to Catalyst (in an article on declining resources for LSC candidate recruitment), there are 5,700 open slots on 550 LSCs in the city.  CPS had set a goal of 8,500 candidates, a steep increase over 7,000 who ran two years ago, according to PURE.

“CPS is now completely in control of elections, and they’re not doing a good job,” commented Woestehoff.  “And groups that are committed and willing to do the work on recruitment don’t have the resources, and we’re seeing the results.”

This afternoon PURE posted a list of 59 schools reporting too few candidates to form an LSC (a council with a quorum can fill vacancies) — including 43 with no parent or community candidate at all.

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