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Peoria teachers stressed, union working to find fix to issues

Peoria, Ill. - As parents know, school can be stressful for our kids. 

According to the Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780 president, kids aren't the only ones exhausted.

Teachers are too, but for different reasons. 

Jeff Atkins-Dutro, union president, English teacher and parent, took to Facebook to address many issues that he says is wearing teachers down.  

"I guess I should say it's been impossible for us to convey that message and to get the administration to stand up and say yes we have a problem, here's what we're going to do about it," said Jeff Atkins-Dutro, Teachers Union President/English Teacher. 

To back up his claims, he posted a survey for teachers to complete. 

587 people participated and the results speak for themselves, especially when talking about a newly introduced "social emotional learning" initiative.

"Number one, it's definitely not working," said Atkins-Dutro. "Number two, I don't think what SEL is has been articulated to the teachers and we don't even really know what you're talking about. Number three, 80 percent are not on board wherever this ship is going. That's a big problem."

Atkins-Dutro says he wants to see change and hopes that the administration and school board can all come together to make a positive difference.

WMBD has reached out to Peoria Public Schools for the district's side of the story. 

School leaders will actually be rolling out a "culture of caring" initiative at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the school board meeting. 

The administration says they will hopefully address some of the issues teachers are currently dealing with.

To see the survey results, CLICK HERE

To see the video, CLICK HERE.

To see the Peoria Federation of Teachers Union Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

This story will be updated.


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