Peoria NAACP Supports Change 150 Group

By WEEK Producer

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The Change District 150 group has a new ally in its fight to reform district 150, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

At a press conference Friday, NAACP President Don Jackson said the problem with District 150 and Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan has nothing to do with race.

Earlier this week, Pastor Harvey Burnett accused the group of "lynching" Dr. Lathan.

Jackson says African American principals and administrators have been targeted by Lathan.

The issue, he believes, is poor leadership.

"This is about change, this is about children, this is about students and this is about administration and staff who simply want a fair opportunity to do their job," said Jackson.

The group also would also like to see school board members' terms shortened from five years to four.

Change 150 formed in support of former Charter Oak Principal John Wetterauer.

He was removed from his job earlier this year because of testing irregularities with special education students.