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ESP on Political and Union Involvement 
ESP reflect on the importance of political and union involvement in their workplace and community

Education Support Professionals Critical to Student Success
Education Support Professionals are inseparable partners with teachers in the success of students in public schools. In Priority Schools especially, the fact that a majority of ESP live in the communities where they work provides parents a critical link to the schools. Hear from ESP leaders as they discuss the role of their colleagues in the schools.

ESP Issues - National Coverage Articles

A Safer Way to Keep Schools Pest-Free
Pest control can be one of the toughest challenges. NEA’s Education Support Professional Quality department has entered into a collaborative relationship with the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America. Custodians all across the nation can now become certified in Integrated Pest Management!

They Waved Their Arms in Pure Joy
Education Support Professionals impact students lives on a daily basis. They provide mentorship to students, work with them in the classrooms, and even create moving libraries in their personal vehicles to bring books to students in low-income neighborhoods.

Solidarity, Activism Wins the Day
Washington's Selah Education Support Personnel rally for respect while bargaining a joint contract.

ESP Day Celebration - Out of the Mouth of Babes!
Superintendent Perry of Salem-Keizer Public Schools highlighted the critical role ESP play in the school community by talking to those they impact the most, the students!

The video ESP Appreciation Day 2016 honors the role education support professionals play in keeping students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged, as told by the students they serve.

The Road to ESP Networking Runs Through Facebook
Education Support Professionals use social media to connect, commiserate, and advocate.

ESSA Implementation Enhanced by 'Para Power' 
The appointment of paraeducators on the US Department of Education's ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee means ESP are now part of the decision-making process at the highest levels. Read about their current tasks and what they have accomplished to date.

Other Duties as Assigned 
Read how chronic understaffing of public schools spreads education support professionals thin every day in schools and classrooms across the country.

School Food Service Professionals Urge Expansion of Summer Meals Programs
Nearly 22 million children received free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program last year. Remarkably, only 16% of those students participated in a summer meals program. Education support food service professionals and their colleagues across the nation see the need for summer meals, not just in the data but during their interaction with students. Read how ESP are getting involved.

Pressure on Paraeducators
Read how special education students and ELLs lead districts to ramp up the training of paraeducators.

Despite Political Battle, Schools Forge Ahead With Healthier Lunches
Read how USDA's efforts to push healthier school lunch continue to help students have better health, less absences and increased focus.

Protecting Union Rights
The right to organize and join a union is, for most employees, a fundamental employment protection under federal and state “labor” laws. Check out the collective bargaining factsheets and help your affiliate promote and defend collective bargaining and worker rights.

The School Day Just Got Healthier
Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutrious food options in school. Download the free The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit for resources that will help your school prepare for the changes in school meals this year.