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Education
7:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario

New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.  That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:

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Education
10:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak

The District 150 School Board approved a new principal for Charter Oak Primary School.   Betty Zilkowski is replacing John Wetterauer, who was removed from the post following a state testing investigation. She is currently the assistant principal at Sterling Middle School. The Board also approved new principals for Lindbergh, Northmoore Primary, Sterling and Woodrow Wilson schools.  The current principals at those schools are retiring in the coming months. 

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Education
11:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000

200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year:

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Education
1:01 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Lathan responds to District 150 critics amid testing investigation

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan is responding to critics of her administration and what they say is a ‘culture of fear’.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the comments follow the fourth straight meeting where parents are voicing concern:
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Education
2:48 am
Tue January 14, 2014

District 150 details report alleging state test violations

A section from the District 150 report that suggests special education teachers at primary school cheated when giving I-SAT tests.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Peoria School District 150 says special education teachers at a primary school violated state testing rules the last three years.  Alex Rusciano (ruu-shee-AH-noh) reports the school’s principal also allegedly failed to report spikes in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores: Those are the main conclusions from an internal investigation the district sent to the Illinois State Board of Education last week.  The report says 26 special education students from Charter Oak Primary School got inappropriate help from teachers giving the math and reading exams.  District Attorney Michelle Todd says the help violated I-SAT protocol:
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Government
11:48 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

East Peoria City Council has new meeting space

The East Peoria City Council has a new meeting place the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  The body moved its chambers from the current city hall building to the shared-space as part of the library complex in the new downtown.  City Councilman Tim Jeffers says the location change is important:

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Education
9:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

District 150 responds to concern about principal placed on leave amid investigation

Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan says placing a principal on administrative leave is not a disciplinary action.  Charter Oak Primary Principal John Wetterauer is on leave following the discovery of potential cheating on state testing for special education students.  Superintendent Grenita Lathan says in a letter that administrative leave is necessary to ensure an unbiased investigation.

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Education
8:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Potential cheating at District 150 school for I-SAT testing

A Peoria District 150 primary school may have cheated in the way state testing was given to special education students.  

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Harold Launches Bid for Congress in Urbana

Former Miss America Erika Harold has vowed to reach out to those who aren’t traditional Republican voters.  Harold announced her run to seek the GOP nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday.  

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