Peoria high schools to have weekly early dismissals next year

High schools in Peoria, Illinois, will dismiss an hour early once a week for the 2018-19 school year. On January 22 the board of education approved the early dismissal policy to allow teachers to participate in Professional Learning Community meetings. “The plan would remove the PLC period for Core teachers during the school day and save an estimated $750,000 in the Education Fund,” the agenda stated.

The Peoria Journal Star reports:

High school teachers currently have PLCs and a preparatory period daily. Under the new plan, they will give up the preparatory period, which allows them to teach an additional course, alleviating the district’s teacher shortage. More teachers will be included in the weekly PLC periods….

Board Vice President Dan Adler was the only vote against moving to the once-a-week early dismissal. “I think there are better alternatives,” said Adler, who preferred earlier proposals. “It’s hard for me to justify the loss in instructional time.”

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