Local School Councils in Chicago, Still Assessing Challenges

May 27th, 2007

Valencia Rias of Designs for Change, Thom Clark, and Margaret Wilson of Boone School

Recorded May 24th, 2007
WNUA Broadcast date: Sunday, May 27, 2007

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With the school year coming to an end, parents and students are making plans for summer. But many Local School Councils in Chicago, are still assessing challenges encountered over this past year. The power of principal selection is one big topic, but there are other matters that haven’t received as much attention.For example, The Chicago Teachers Union begins contract negotiations with the School Board over affordable healthcare, pay raises and increased job security. These demands are unlikely to be met unless the state legislature can agree on revenue reform. Districts around the state are facing deficit budgets while the General Assembly and governor are still in a deadlock over how to raise funding.Also pending in Springfield is a new policy to support students affected by school closings, to ease their transition to new schools while preventing increased incidence of violence in receiving schools.On this episode “City Voices” we hear about these and other issues facing Public Schools two Local School Council experts. Guests are LSC parent organizer Valencia Rias from Designs for Change and Margaret Wilson from Boone Elementary LSC, who is also a retired teacher.

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