Hearing on LSC lawsuit delayed

  • By Paul D. Bowker
  • Education reporter
  • November 19, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

A court hearing in the long-running legal battle over appointment of local school council members at several Chicago campuses has been postponed.

Representatives of Chicago Public Schools and a group that includes several local school council members and Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) were supposed to appear in court yesterday for arguments in the case. 

The hearing was moved to Dec. 22.

The plaintiffs say Chicago Public Schools broke state law by switching from elected local school councils to appointed ones at Orr High School campus, Carver Military Academy and some other city schools.

State code calls for most LSC positions to be filled through a public election every two years. However, small or alternative schools can have appointed councils.

The LSC group claims that city schools with elected LSCs have been transformed into small or alternative schools, losing their elected councils in the process.

The plaintiffs are asking for reinstatement of elected local councils at those schools.

Paul Bowker, a Chicago-area journalist with 25 years of experience, covers Chicago Public Schools for the Daily News.