Chicago School Reform Act Highlights

Original provisions effective July 1, 1989. Major revisions effective July 1, 1995.

Local School Councils

Composition, Selection
Each school will establish a local school council (LSC) consisting of the principal, six parents, two community residents, two teachers and, in high schools, one student. Parents and community residents on the LSC cannot be Chicago Public Schools employees. Members are elected by their peers at each school.

The Arne Duncan Years

On Dec. 16, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan as U.S. secretary of education. The night before, Catalyst Chicago, an independent news magazine that has covered school reform in Chicago since 1990, posted the first in a series of analyses. Here are links to those stories.


Terry Mazany, interim CEO of CPS, on a new course

In an interview with journalist Bob Edwards, Terry Mazany, interim CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and president of the Chicago Community Trust, talks about a new direction for the schools. For one, he decries the “the tyranny of accountability” emerging from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Pay teachers based on test scores? Not yet

In Chicago, the original plan for the Teacher Advancement Program
called for phasing-in each individual teacher’s value-added student
test scores as part of a formula to determine teacher bonuses. The
scores would be combined with school-wide achievement data and
evaluations of the quality of teachers’ instruction.

April 20, 2010: Reaching Black Boys Symposium with Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera, a New York University professor who is a national authority on minority males and the achievement gap, was the keynote speaker at a symposium on Reaching Black Boys, co-sponsored by Catalyst Chicago and sparked by the findings of the May/June 2009 issue of Catalyst In Depth. Listen to his full speech.

City Voices April 2009: Combating gun violence among youth

More than two dozen Chicago Public Schools students have been killed in gun violence this year, and hundreds of students were shot and injured last year. A recent report provided an in-depth analysis of the problem, and young people are organizing anti-violence efforts. Guests: Harold Pollack, University of Chicago Crime Lab; Ronnie Mosley, student leader at Simeon High.