De Diego Elementary principal, assistant principal ousted

Written By By LAUREN FITZPATRICK Education Reporter Posted: 08/03/2014, 12:31am

The principal and assistant principal of a “welcoming school” on the near Northwest Side have been removed from their posts, according to Chicago Public Schools.

Alice Vera, principal of Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy, 1313 N. Claremont Ave., and an assistant principal have been suspended, according to CPS spokesman Joel Hood.

“The Board’s Office of the Inspector General completed an investigation involving the principal and assistant principal assigned to De Diego Elementary School,” he wrote in an email. “Based upon those investigative findings, the Board suspended both from their administrative responsibilities, but cannot comment further to due to personnel restrictions.”

The two administrators were removed Monday, according to the district.

De Diego was chosen as a “welcoming school” to take in children from Von Humboldt Elementary and de Duprey Elementary when they were closed for good by the district in June 2013. CPS also planned to begin an International Baccalaureate program at the school in fall 2014, according to Board reports.

Vera could not be reached for comment. According to the school’s website, she’s been Diego’s principal for at least six years, and a “formal educator” for more than 20 years, and has degrees in elementary education, curriculum and instruction, bilingual education, special education and educational administration.

“I am a true believer in lifelong teaching and learning. Each day I learn something new from students, parents, staff members and community members. I take what I have learned and share/teach it to others. What a great way to learn!”

Clarice Berry, head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, declined to comment, saying she could not discuss individual cases.


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