Parents in Chicago have occupied a school which is threatened with takeoverThe Piccolo Elementary School in Chicago is threatened with 'turnaround' and takeover by AUSL academy for Urban School Leadership - a privately connected firm with ties to City Hall. The Chicago Teachers Union is supporting the parents who have occupied the school and demanded that the city reverse its plans. Karen Lewis CTU President said: 'For months now, Piccolo parents have wanted their voices heard but the mayor, CPS and members of the board have given them a deaf ear. Tonight these courageous parents have decided to dramatise their efforts to save the school by engaging in non-violent protest. We stand in solidarity with them as well as the thousands of parents and other community leaders from other targeted communities, in our ongoing education justice fight.'