Occupy Piccolo

Follow Occupy Piccolo here: http://ustre.am/EfN1

More from Jackie Leavy:

Dear Friends of Great Schools For All Students:

Piccolo School’s parents and community report they have occupied their school – 1040 N. Keeler.- tasking MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL to meet with them, and embrace the community/parent-led plan for Piccolo.

Piccolo parents rejected CPS’ proposal to turn over their children and school to AUSL.

Piccolo has a brand new Principal who’s inspired the whole school to  come together around their own improvement strategies.

MAYOR EMANUEL was given the Piccolo plan nearly a month ago, but so far, hasn’t responded to it or parents’ request for a meeting.

FOOD, WATER & MEDICINE (some students are in the building and need medicine) ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED INTO PICCOLO SCHOOL BY THE CHICAGO POLICE.

THE POLICE will not let any other Piccolo parents/school community members join the peaceful protest, to relieve parents who want their neighbors and fellow parents to take their place.

PICCOLO PARENTS ARE ASKING FOR:

—  PHONE CALLS TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE – “PLEASE MEET WITH PICCOLO PARENTS” – “PLEASE LET FOOD, WATER, & MEDICINE INTO THE SCHOOL”
—  DONATIONS OF FOOD AND WATER
—  YOUR SUPPORT

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Via CORE:

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. Further, the SIPAAs along with the budgets at the time of their signings have not had real community input. Therefor,e these actions could very well be civil rights violations. At the recent CPS hearings, the former principal of Casals 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 Pablo Casals 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 Casals from the turnaround list

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