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Charter Oak Principal Responds To District 150 Allegations

Charter Oak Primary Principal John Wetterauer is giving his response after he was put on paid leave from his job. This all stems from an investigation into irregular state test scores for Charter Oak special education students.
PEORIA - We're finally hearing from the man at the center of controversy in Peoria's District 150. Charter Oak Primary Principal John Wetterauer is giving his response after he was put on paid leave from his job. This all stems from an investigation into irregular state test scores for Charter Oak special education students.

Wetterauer and his Attorney say they're glad the district's investigation recognizes Wetterauer wasn't part of a "cover up". But, they say there are several discrepencies in the report. Wetterauer's attorney says one of the most glaring, the district claims Wetterauer should've conducted his own investigation after recognizing a spike in student test scores. Wetterauer's attorney says his client couldn't have done that on his own.

"There isn't any protocol at District 150 to do such an investigation and as I suggested given the past between the Superintendent and my client," said Nile Williamson. "Such an unauthorized investigation might have resulted in disciplinary action as well." 

Wetterauer and his attorney say it's the district's Department of Research's job to look over ISAT data and prepare analysis and the department didn't point out concerns. Wetterauer's attorney is calling for the principal to be reinstated. We reached out to District 150. They're meeting soon to discuss all of this.

Meantime, for the first time in all of this, Superintendent Grenita Lathan has made a statement to parents.  WMBD 31 obtained a letter Dr. Lathan and the District 150 school board President sent out to parents. It explains the investigation, why it's going on, and what the district's internal investigation found.

Dr. Lathan says "The glaring differences in the individual special education test scores were not trivial, and were well beyond the point where a professional educator should realize that something was not right."

Lathan and board president Rick Cloyd went on to say to ignore the report or fail to look into the situation would have amounted to a cover up."

To Read District 150's Report - Click Here.


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