CPS to Restrict Access to LSC Election Records

I have forwarded this story to Cook County Clerk David Orr:

Chicago Public Schools indicated Monday they will demand Freedom of Information Act requests from the public for the public to access nomination papers to the Local School Council.

The change in CPS policy restricts the public right to access the information and represents a significant change in policy for the district. Previously the public had a right to inspect the records without a FOIA.

The change, detailed in an exclusive Bulldog story, has grabbed the attention of the Chicago Kent School of Law Center for Open Government, the Society of Professional Journalists and public officials.

“I completely support you in this effort to gain access and get transparency on LSC elections,” GOP 32nd Ward Boss John Curry wrote in an email this afternoon.

In a study by The Bulldog, six local schools were visited to determine compliance with CPS policies regarding LSC elections. Those CPS policies spell out a number of requirements for the schools to meet:

  • An approved poster shall be placed at the main entrance to the school announcing the LSC elections
  • A map of the school district must be posted on a bulletin board
  • The bulletin board should contain optional statement of candidacy from the candidates
  • A form listing each candidate posted on the bulletin board
  • A policy stating the method for inspection of nominating papers and the right of parents to inspect these papers
  • In the main office of the school, and separate from the LSC minutes, there should be a binder containing copies of the nomination papers presented to the school.
The results:
  • Waters
    • Poster present
    • No map posted
    • Form 4-10 (list of candidates) posted
    • No Forms 2-12 on bulletin board (This was corrected while we were in the building)
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
    • Access granted to nomination records
  • Budlong
    • No poster seen
    • No map posted
    • No candidates filed
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
  • Chappell
    • Poster present
    • No map posted
    • No candidates filed
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
  • Trumbull
    • Poster present
    • No map posted
    • Form 4-10 (list of candidates) posted
    • Forms 2-12 prominently displayed
    • Access granted to records
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
  • Amundsen High
    • Poster present
    • No map posted
    • No candidates filed
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
  • McPherson
    • Poster present
    • No map posted
    • Form 4-10 (list of candidates) posted
    • Form 2-12 posted
    • No procedure posted regarding examination of nominating records
    • No access to records without an appointment
 The study provoked CPS to restrict access to the nominating records. The schools cite privacy concerns for the change in policy.

 

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