On the heels of the 2013-2014 ISAT test results being released, a number of people showed up at the November 10th Board meeting with plenty to say. We are posting several of the speeches here, with permission.
I know that I speak for several District 150 families when I say that I am frustrated with the constant flip flopping and misdirection of blame from the current District 150 administration.
My husband and I are in law enforcement. Our job is to seek the truth. Frankly, we have a hard time finding truth in what the District 150 administration says and does.
Just one year ago, ISAT scores were deemed SO important that you took drastic actions against alleged ISAT cheating that disrupted both an entire community and the entire city. ISAT scores seemed important then.
ISAT scores were also SO important just one year ago that Dr. Lathan’s Board-approved, $10,000 bonus was contingent on the District’s ISAT performance. Isn’t that ironic?
Based on the District’s dismal scores this year, Dr. Lathan should have to pay us taxpayers back the $10,000 plus interest for failing our children and our community.
Luckily for Dr. Lathan, NCLB isn’t our standard anymore, so she won’t be held accountable for the failing scores. Dr. Lathan can just say, ‘They’re not important. Move on.’
See the contradiction? The lack of truth? Where’s the accountability?
Second, Dr. Lathan has said she’s tired of everything being about Charter Oak. Yet, when the scores are released, she jumps at the chance to make negative comments about Charter Oak’s ISAT scores to the Journal Star.
Of course, she didn’t mention any other schools, even though they had showed declines in their scores, as well. When will enough be enough?
To add insult to injury, two weeks ago, Dr. Lathan’s mouthpiece, Chris Coplan, made inflammatory comments about Charter Oak to the Journal Star, insinuating that the entire school’s test scores were in question last year, instead of just a few students’ tests. These comments were misleading, mean-spirited, and unnecessary.
In fact, didn’t District 150’s own, well-paid attorneys and the ISBE say that there were no testing irregularities in the regular education tests?
Dr. Lathan, why would you allow such inflammatory comments that clearly contradict your own report? It is no wonder that people in Peoria don’t believe or trust the administration.
Where is the truth?
And on a personal level, Dr. Lathan, did you and/or Chris Coplan think for a minute about how Charter Oak’s children and teachers would feel about being called cheaters AGAIN? None of this is their fault, yet they are being vilified again by this administration and the media. It’s heartbreaking.
Finally, Dr. Lathan, when Charter Oak parents complained about the chaotic environment of the school and predicted that the scores would be lower because of it, you indicated that a school’s environment is irrelevant to a school’s performance. Yet isn’t that precisely what John Wetterauer was accused of? Not providing a safe and effective environment for testing?
With all the changes, new faces – both of 100 new kids and teachers, Board members, ISBE strangers monitoring the classrooms, and overall stress of the school last year, how could the students have performed well, given the chaos at the school?
And then the poor kids and teachers who were excoriated in the media of failing to perform by the very administration that created the chaos in the first place.
We need to know.
When will the truth be told?