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Parents in Chicago Occupy their School and win a Stakeholder Meeting

Congratulations to the parents of students at Brian Piccolo Elementary  School in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.  

I have a feeling we will see more #OccupyOurSchools in our city and across the nation as the fight to reclaim our public schools grows.

While you plan your occupation, please join Parents Across America in national conference call on education reform on Monday Feb 20th.  Call in is at 8pm Eastern.  

Conference Dial-in Number: (424) 203-8075 

 Participant Access Code: 1037540#


Declaration #1 from Piccolo occupation

11:49pm – February 17th, 2012

We, the Piccolo Occupation, are putting our childrens’ education

first. Piccolo has failed because CPS has refused to invest in public

education. The school has struggled for years but you have taken out

all the programs, classes and opportunities to learn. We have had 3

principals in the last five years.We have not been able to work with

anyone on a long-term basis to address the chronic disinvestment in

our school. CPS and City Hall have failed us and our children. Your

goal is to privatize the education system by giving it to corporations

that support the mayor. We have been ignored, you have ignored our

children and now you are trying to make money off of them.

The Chicago Public Schools is in violation of its own remediation and

probation policy. CPS is in violation of the Illinois School Code and

the Illinois Civil Rights Act. CPS is in violation of Illinois Senate

Bill 630. Because of this, a moratorium has been introduced in the

Illinois Legislative Assembly by the School Facilities Taskforce. We

are enacting our moratorium for ourselves with this sit-in do to the

fact that CPS not once has laid out the necessary corrective action

for Brian Piccolo or Paolo Cassals along with the Local School

Councils for getting them off of probation during the last five years.

The School Improvement Plans for Academic Achievement (SIPAA) at these

two schools have lacked the budgetary resources to bridge the

achievement gap of our student populations. Furhter, the SIPAAs along

with the budgets at the time of their signings have not had real

community input. Therefor, these actions could very well be civil

rights violations. At the recent CPS hearings, the former principle of

Cassals testified that not once in the last five years had CPS met

with her nor with the LSC about any of the necessary corrective action

for Paola Cassals to be removed off of probation.

Because CPS has been not willing to meet with or listen to us, this is

what we want:

1) A meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

2) A meeting with at least five of the Chicago School Board members present

3) The removal of Piccolo and Cassals from the turnaround list