LSCs take steps against ‘top-down’ board

At the LSC “summit” that afternoon, Sheila Castillo, coordinator of the Chicago Association of Local School Councils, told some 250 school reformers that they must proceed with caution. CALSC organized the event, held at Roosevelt University, in cooperation with the CityWide Coalition, Parents United For Responsible Education, the Lawyers’ School Reform Advisory Project and Schools First.

Board Oks overnight retreats, limits parent stipends

Responding to opposition from school reform advocates and local school councils, the School Reform Board of Trustees has backed off its proposal to ban the use of State Chapter 1 funds for overnight and out-of-town school retreats.

It also dropped a proposal to limit the number of hours a parent could be paid for working at a school—it had proposed a maximum of three per day. However, it did enact a limit on stipends that may be paid to parents, students and community members and who work in schools. While the original proposal called for different rate limits for different groups—$4.25 per hour for CPS students, $5.27 for college students and $7.74 for parents and community members—the board finally opted for one limit, $7.74.