CHICAGO (CBS) — Local School Council elections begin Wednesday, and many schools are suffering from a lack of interested candidates.
As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, earlier this year, the Chicago Public Schools agreed to push the sign-up deadline from March 8 to the March 23.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Another Wave Of Downpours Coming Early Friday Morning
Still, the Chicago Tribune reports, some schools had barely enough applicants to fill the slots, even with the extension.READ MORE: Frank Pietrangelo, Hero Of 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Says He Was Among Those Sexually Abused By Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas
CPS made strides to recruit people, with parent letters, social media, and even an App called, “Who is Running for my Local School Council?” with minimal results, the Tribune reports.
The newspaper reports district officials say part of the problem is a money shortage. In previous years, the city’s advertising budget included up to $25,000 paid to community groups, which generated better results.MORE NEWS: Shane Jason Woods Of Downstate Auburn, Illinois Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports