A Reduction in Force of 156 teachers in Peoria Public Schools is approved by the school board.
Twenty-six of them are full-time teachers and must be notified 45 days before the end of the school year.
It's because the district must make its best guess of the money available to pay for teachers next school year and the workforce needed to match that.
Board member Laura Petelle says, "It's a stupid method of funding and managing personnel. It's a terrible way to do it."
"It affects us and it affects the teachers, but it doesn't affect the state legislature. So, I don't see it changing anytime soon."
Board President Chris Crawford has another idea he'd like to see advanced.
"One of the conference I attended there was discussion about a two-year budgeting process," says Crawford. "That way the state could give us more defined numbers."
"Personally, as I sit here, that's something I would like to call for."
Most of the teachers could be hired back, and board member Debbie Wolfmeyer would like to see that happen quickly.
"The sooner we can call these teachers back the better," says Wolfmeyer. "And I know we try to do that and our hands are tied to a certain extent, but it's just not productive to wait until July or August."
An additional 34 teachers are being dismissed based on performance.
The board voted unanimously 5-0 in favor of the layoffs. Board members Martha Ross and Lynne Costic were absent.