Parents rally around Charter Oak principal

By WEEK Producer

Parents rally around Charter Oak principal

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Dozens of upset parents are rallying to ask the District 150 board to reinstate the principal at Charter Oak Primary.

Principal John Wetterauer is on paid administrative leave. He is the target of an internal investigation by District 150 about testing procedures at Charter Oak.

The district self-reported irregularities between ISAT test scores and academic achievement by special education students.

Officials said the issue goes back to the 2008-2009 school year.

Many Charter Oak parents are outraged by the allegations of "tainted tests" against the principal. They will make their voices heard at Monday night's school board meeting.

Parents Chris and Jennifer Martin said they have more questions than answers right now.

They said what they do know, is there are no facts right now to prove wrongdoing and if the district wants to do right by the students, they will put Principal Wetterauer back to work at Charter Oak immediately.

The Martin's live just blocks away from Charter Oak, where two of their children go to school. One is in second grade, the other is in kindergarten.

Chris and Jennifer have talked to their kids about the situation. This is what Jennifer said her kindergartner told her during that talk.

"He talked about how every morning the principal gives them a special character building word of the day and it's usually things like truth and honesty and integrity and to hear them bring that home and to know they're not only getting an education, they're learning about morality and how to be a good person," she said.

The Martins said they understand this is a personnel matter but said they would expect officials to have some level of transparency to keep parents informed.

At 5:30 p.m. a group of parents will gather outside the school board meeting, carrying signs and wearing t-shirts in support of the principal.

Many of them will address the school board when the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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