District 150 Performance Based Firings Ruled On

Published 06/24 2014 11:14PM

Updated 06/24 2014 11:15PM

Peoria - The state's appellate court rules the District 150 school board followed the law when it let 50 teachers go in 2012.

They were riffed because of district finances.

A new law passed in 2011, which allows a district to fire because of poor performance.

Two of those 50 District 150 pink slipped teachers weren't re-hired under the new rule.

They sued the district, saying it violated tenure laws.

The appellate court disagreed, saying tenure is no longer as protective under the new law as the teachers claim.

District 150 board attorney Stanley Eisenhammer says the victory is significant for Peoria and all Illinois school districts.

He says it means that when a school district is forced to lay off teachers due to financial conditions, it may retain its best and brightest teachers.

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