A regular reader writes in to say she's outraged that some LSC members are being told that they have to be fingerprinted, which was apparently not the case in her experience in the past and may not be actually required by ISBE.
Is this new, citywide or area by area, or just one overzealous administrator? Click below to read the letter she was sent. Who's Michael Mahone, anyway?
Letter from CPS:
Congratulations on your recent election to become a Local School Council member.
As you know, individuals elected to a Local School Council must undergo a criminal background investigation as required by State law. Section 34-2.1(f-5) of the Illinois School Code requires that all newly elected LSC members submit fingerprints as part of this process. [note that the person who sent me this letter says "there is no mention offingerprinting in the section (as least as posted on the ISBE website)"]
In order to complete this process, please report to the fingerprinting service located at the Chicago Public Schools Staffing Unit, at 320 North Elizabeth Street, 1st floor. The process takes a few minutes and is available Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM. The day you come to be fingerprinted, bring this letter and one piece of photo identification.
Council members who do not respond to this request are subject to proceedings to vacate their LSC position. Please respond within 10 days. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Samona Alvarado at 773/553-1423.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this process. Best wishes for your term as a Local School Council member.
Sincerely, Michael Mahone
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