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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Activists, parents 'occupy' school slated for turnaround | WBEZ

Activists, parents 'occupy' school slated for turnaround WBEZ

A group of parents and activists have taken over a West Side Chicago public school, marking a new level of opposition to district plans to close or turn around schools.

Tents were set up Friday evening outside Piccolo Elementary, and parents, students and activists were occupying classrooms on the first floor, with plans to stay there.

The school district wants to completely re-staff the school—firing the principal, teachers and ancillary staff like the lunch ladies.

All the students would continue at Piccolo, which would be run by the nonprofit Academy for Urban School Leadership, a teacher training academy with close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. AUSL specializes in turning around failing schools. In all, the district is proposing to completely re-staff a record 10 schools by fall

LP - This is the level of opposition we need to keep control of our school and out of the hands of our politicians.

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