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Local School Council Recruitment Falling Short

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Fewer people than ever before are filing to run for local school councils in Chicago.

Chicago Public Schools says it hopes to recruit more candidates by doubling the money going to community groups for outreach.

Just over a thousand candidates have signed up to run in the LSC elections so far. That’s about half the number that had registered by this time last year.

Grassroots groups dismiss the district’s promise to double the $28,000 it’s already provided community organizers for candidate recruiting.

Don Moore, who runs Designs for Change and is leading an effort to sign up candidates, says the district made no effort this year to work with community groups.

But Chicago Public Schools says it’s waged an aggressive recruitment campaign, including print and radio ads.

The district says it’s also sent applications home with students in many of the more than 600 schools in Chicago.

The deadline for filing to run for a school council seat is March 17.

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