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We believe that principals matter. They attract, hire and keep the best teachers and staff in the city; they determine their schools’ climate and culture; and they develop and implement budgets that meet student needs.

Principals in district public schools wouldn’t be able to do their important work without the support of their Local School Councils. In over 450 schools, LSCs play a crucial role in determining the leadership of their schools, first and foremost by hiring great principals. They help principals set ambitious goals for their schools, and then hold school leaders accountable to ensure that community perspectives and priorities are represented.

When principals and LSCs work together, students succeed. That’s why The Fund is working with Chicago Public Schools’ Office of LSC Relations and LSCs to better understand their strengths and needs, and create resources for the city’s more than 4,000 LSC members.

LSC Focus Group

Are you an LSC member? Join your colleagues from across the city to advise on tools for principal hiring and evaluation.


Curious about the work LSCs do? Learn more about the important — and challenging — responsibilities of the city’s LSCs.

Hiring Toolkit

Are you hiring a principal? Find videos, guides and other resources created by LCS members to help you in your search.

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

Support Our Work

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

Every October, school communities, city officials, and corporate leaders join together to lift up the great work of principals.