Community occupies Piccolo Elementary to protest proposed turnaround

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Dozens of parents, students and West Side residents set up camp over the weekend at Brian Piccolo Elementary to protest the school’s proposed overhaul the Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on Feb. 22nd.

The Humbolt Park school at 1040 N. Keeler Ave. was one of 10 recommended for turnaround in Chicago Public Schools’ proposed actions announced in the fall.

In December, AustinTalks shared WBEZ’s coverage of parents, teachers and students who marched around Piccolo Elementary protesting the proposal.

If passed, the school, where many Austin students attend, will be overhauled, replacing teachers and staff under the direction of The Academy for Urban School Leadership.

This doesn’t sit well with some.

“They have a new principal,” Piccolo parent Shronda Wilson told Chicago Sun-Times reporter Stefano Esposito.

“They haven’t given her a chance. She has come here from the beginning of the school year and done a tremendous job. They have good teachers here,” she said.

According to the Associated Press, the protest ended Saturday afternoon when the school board agreed to meet with community members this week, a request protesters said was previously ignored.

To read the entire Associated Press story published in the Chicago Tribune, click here.



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