ISBE finds no evidence of ISAT tampering at Charter Oak

By WEEK Reporter

May 15, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Illinois State Board of Education says it could find no "evidence of manipulation or tampering" of test answers at Charter Oak primary school.

District 150 sent the State Board an extensive investigation citing questionable ISAT testing behavior among Wetterauer and several other Charter Oak teachers.

After reviewing the case---the ISBE said it could find no "evidence of manipulation or tampering" of test answers. CHANGE150 members have been rallying for a transformation of district leadership since February.

They are outraged the district's investigation cost more than $130,000 in legal fees.

"This is the only school where outside attorneys were hired and where there was a huge amount of taxpayer money spent," said CHANGE150 spokesperson Sea Stipe. "The only crime that Charter Oak and the administration of Charter Oak are guilty of is becoming too popular."

Wetterauer's lawyer, Nile Williamson, says even though Wetterauer's name is cleared, he says superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan got exactly what she wanted.

"There is no vindication," said Williamson. "John has resigned from his job because of the actions of the superintendent and the Board of Education has been an accomplice to this situation. They are suppose to be the safe harbor. They are supposed to protect the employees from false accusations by the superintendent and they did not do so."

However, Grenita Lathan says the state board did acknowledge discrepancies. She then stated "Our Board of Education took the necessary measures to address concerns...We are relieved those results were inconclusive."

The state board's licensure division has the final say.

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