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ESPs Deserve a Living Wage


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Education support professionals (ESPs) keep school buildings and equipment functioning and students safe and healthy. As committed and caring members of a school community, they impact the lives of students every day.

Yet support professionals are woefully underpaid, often barely able to afford to live in the communities they serve. In many parts of the country, school support professionals work two or even three jobs to feed and shelter their families, or earn so little that they qualify for government assistance.

Through its nationwide salary initiative, NEA is pushing for a minimum starting salary of $28,000 for all education support professionals.


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