Dec 8, 2011 Comments Off on Piccolo supporters say CPS is blocking a real school turnaround
Parents and community supporters are asking why CPS has chosen Piccolo Elementary for a “turnaround” by the Academy of Urban School Leadership next year, when a brand-new principal – herself a veteran of an AUSL school — has just begun an overhaul that has won widespread support and is already getting results.
Piccolo parents, teachers, and students will hold a press conference and rally at the school (1040 N. Keeler) on Friday, December 9 at 3 p.m. to highlight the school’s strategic plan and oppose CPS’s proposal.
Dr. Allison Brunson was named principal in July, after teaching at AUSL’s Dodge Academy in East Garfield Park. Before this year, CPS policy prohibited school actions where principals had been in place less than two years.
Brunson has developed a strategic plan for the school and implemented a new disciplinary policy, a professional development program, and a new reading curriculum, including a two-hour reading period each morning, said Cecile Carroll of Blocks Together, which partners with the school on parent engagement.