Friday, April 15, 2011

This is probably the rarest time you will find this...

An agenda for a Harlan LSC meeting. I've attended quite a few starting in October although I have missed a few in the past for both Bennett-Shedd Elementary & Harlan High School.

I've learned that LSCs must post an agenda somewhere outside of the school for the public to see. In fact this is what an LSC advisor from CPS HQ said to the LSC at Bennett-Shedd. Before then if you saw an agenda before you got to the meeting it was usually inside of the school. Even then the Bennett-Shedd LSC would pass an agenda out to the public who attends.

BTW, during the course of the meeting they mainly discussed the students, business of an LSC parent member who missed 5 meetings (they later voted to remove this person), a Harlan Alumna just so happened to write a $1000 check for Harlan's track & field program, in addition to the AVID program and students who were either getting scholarships or attending summer programs.

Another issue is being in compliance as far as the special needs students. There isn't much the school can do without being non-compliant. They have to send notices out to parents and the parents either refuse to meet with the school or just aren't able to meet with the school. If the parents fail to response the school is not compliant, if there aren't enough aides for the special needs students the school is out of compliance. Even worse officials from the State of Illinois will pay a visit to Harlan in the near future to see if Harlan is in compliance.

It should be noted that the Principal commended the staff for their efforts to get Harlan's special ed in compliance. Nothing very exciting to write about really just that they're working on making sure that every i is dotted and every t crossed.

BTW, there was an election for LSC student representative at Harlan Thursday. The incumbent student rep apparently is running again although before he left school for the day he hadn't said who won. In fact the Principal didn't say who won at the meeting. Primarily they campaigned by giving speeches over the intercom. At Chicago's high schools students elect a representative to the LSC in addition to the principal, 6 parent representatives, 2 teacher representatives, 2 community representatives, and finally 1 non-teaching staff member.

On the agenda, it's noted that the next meeting will be held on May 19.

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