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VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Donna West has to say about her ESP career.

The Pastor Drives a School Bus

The Worlds of Community Leader Kenneth Dukes Often Collide in Good Ways. From the preachers podium to greeting students across the county at their school bus stops. Read more about this 28 year Shelby County Schools transportation employee.

NEA and AEA Challenge Alabama's H.B. 56 
The National Education Association, Alabama Education Association and the National School Boards Association challenge Alabama's House Bill 56, the countries harshest immigration law.

A Boot Camp to Promote Healthy Foods
Read about lunchroom and child nutrition manager of Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, Alabama, Donna West's experience at the rigorous culinary training she and others attended in Aurora, Colorado.

Visit the Alabama Education Association website.


Visit the NEA-Alaska website.


Arizona Educators Participate in National Netroots Nation Panel Discussion on Privatization
Privatization kills the best chance to give all students quality education. Education support professionals and teachers in Arizona outline to an audience of bloggers from across the country the threats posed to students and public education by privatization. Read how ESPs are actively rallying with parents and community leaders to blocking privatization attempts in their school communities.

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Michael Thomas has to say about his ESP career.

Visit the Arizona Education Association website.


Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons on Reaching for the Stars
Read what lessons Juain Young, an education support professional from Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, has learned as an elementary educator. 

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Stephone Avery has to say about his ESP career.

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School Buses: Are They Headed For Extinction?
School bus transprotation for middle and high school students in California is growing extinct at an alarming rate. Read about this growing trend. (The Press-Enterprise, April 14, 2012 )

Leadership in a Small Town
Sam Phillps, an American Indian and utility maintenance employee for Potter Valley Community Unified School District in California, takes the lead in student cultural familiarity and ESP rights.

Visit the California Teachers Association website.


VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Lori Burnell and Debbie Solis have to say about their ESP careers. 

VIDEOS: Pueblo School District Custodians Speak Out On Outsourcing
Pueblo Custodian, Glen Saiz
Pueblo Custodian, Robert Sanchez

Pueblo, Colorado Custodian Makes a Difference 
Head custodian at Central High School in Pueblo, Colo., talks about the difference he makes on the job for the school and in the lives of students.

Visit the Colorado Education Association website.


Paraeducators: Key to Classroom Operations
We know ESP say they work in education because they want to make a positive impact on students. Here is a story about four paraeducators from around the country. Read on about how these ESPs work to help students achieve academically and beyond.

VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Mike Hoffmann and Jossette Threatts have to say about their ESP careers.

Visit the Delaware State Education Association website.

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School Custodians Help Students Through Mentoring 
Interacting with students daily is an integral part of custodial and maintenance service work. These education support professionals help educate the whole student through leadership and mentoring.

Visit the Florida Education Association website.


VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Gregory Davis, Angela Tucker-Holmes, and Deborah Lazarus have to say about their ESP careers.

Common Ground on Common Core
Read how paraeducators fit in as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented in classrooms across the country.

For more local updates and news visit the Georgia Association of Educators website.


Visit the Idaho Education Association website.


VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Jeri Stodola, Janice Hoffman, and David Arnold have to say about their ESP careers.

When Full-Time School Staff Qualify for Public Assistance it's Time to Fight for Professional Pay 
Had Marianne Murray taken an entry-level job at a fast food restaurant 20 years ago instead of with West Aurora School District 129 in Illinois as a Principal's office asssitant, she might be earning a living wage by now.

Visit the Illinois Education Association website.


Bus Drivers Work to Strengthen Trespassing Laws on School Buses
Donna Nielsen, LaPorte bus driver and ISTA/NEA Association leader, has been a leader in training personnel on school safety issues and bullying prevention. She, along with Terry Busse, LaPorte Transportation Director, provided testimony at the Indiana State School Bus Committee meeting around the importance of protecting student and school personnel. Read how she advocated for the placement of "No Trespassing" decals on the outside of all school buses in Indiana.

All School Personnel Need a Voice in Protecting Students
ESP know the importance of all school employees working together to keep students safe. Read this recent article on EdVotes to see how hounding a school district to pull together a training to help bus drivers prevent and respond to emergency situations benefited NEA ESP members in Indiana.

VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Betty Batliner and Donna Nielsen have to say about their ESP careers.

Indiana State Legislature Targets Worker Rights 
Indiana General Assembly is fast-tracking the right-to-work law, which research has shown will lower the average worker's wages by $1500 a year.

Visit the Indiana State Teachers Association website.


Visit the Iowa State Education Association website.

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NEW VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Linda Bush has to say about her ESP career.

Visit the Kansas National Education Association website.


Classified Continuing Education Scholarship

KEA offers continuing education scholarships of up to $1,000 per member every year. Scholarship application and additional information can be found on the KEA Members Scholarship and Awards webpage.

Visit the Kentucky Education Association website.


Visit the Louisiana Association of Educators website.


Bus Safety Orientation for Parents and Kindergarten Students 
The best way to ensure bus safety throughout a students school career is to make them feel safe and help them understand bus safety from day one. Read how the Lake Region Non-Teaching Association in Maine does just that.

The Persistence of Privatization
Read how custodians at Maine School Administrative District 75 have beat back lingering privatization threats. 

Visit the Maine Education Association website.


It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Maryland ESP member Karen Blackwood has to say about her ESP career.  


VIDEO: MTA Leaders thank ESPS for the hard work and contributions they give to public education.

ESP Lead Farm to School Program in Massachusetts 
Read how ESPs in Haverhill Education Association used NEA ESP Quality Department's Farm to School grant to start a new program that allowed physically disabled high school students to take pride and ownership in the food they helped grow and later prepare.

Promise to My Mom 
Read how Newtown native paraeductor Jean Faye's promise to her mom has stirred her to continue to fight for safe and nurturing enviroments for all children to learn and increased mental health services for students.

How to Arm Our Schools
Read this Washington Post blog to see what NEA ESP member Jean Fay says is the best way schools protect our nations students.

School Garden Fights Obesity With Healthy Food Choices 
Read how ESPs in Massachusetts are working to create school gardens, develop Farm to School training opportunities for ESPs, promoting annual Kitchen Table Talks and getting ESPs to work closer with parents, local businesses and farmers.

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Massachusetts ESP member Wende O'Brien has to say about her ESP career.

Special Education Worker Talks About Empty Paychecks
Massachusetts public school special education employee, Kathy Meltsakos, speaks on living with a career that yields zero net pay.

Visit the Massachusetts Teacher Association website.


VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Connie Boylan has to say about her ESP career.

SLIDESHOW: Fighting Privatization in Court and at the Ballot Box 
After Michigan support professionals are fired due to privatization, the state Association sues the school district while the ESP president runs for the school board. Both win.


What Does NEA Have That Others Don't? 
Read why three different unorganized groups of ESPs in three different areas of  Minnesota voted to be represented by Education Minnesota.

Visit the Education Minnesota website.


Visit the Mississippi Association of Educators website.


The Many Roles of Today's School Nurses

Like other school-based health professionals across the nation, St. Louis, Missouri ESP member Carmen Hill strives to support the overall health of students.

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Karmen K. Hill has to say about her ESP career.

Visit the Missouri NEA website.


VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Montana ESP member Lynn Witts has to say about her ESP career.

Visit the Montana Education Association - Montana Federation of Teachers website.

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Visit the Nebraska State Education Association website.


Visit the Nevada State Education Association website.

New Hampshire

NEA-NH offers members a variety of ESP specific and ESP inclusive professional development opportunities year-round. Click here for additional information.

Visit the NEA New Hampshire website.

New Jersey

Safeguarding Custodians Promotes School Safety and Health 
Custodial and maintenance employees are the guardians of safety and health for students, staff and the community. When districts try to cut or privatize custodial services, everyone loses.

NJEA Highlights ESP Members
Each month NJEA runs a new ad, during weekday working hours, spotlighting the work ESP do in their school communities. The ad is heard by the Greater Philadelphia Area, which includes part of Pennsylvania, South and Central New Jersey and Deleware.

Protecting ESPs Who Are Threatened for Refusing Unsafe Work
Read what kind of hazardous work goes beyond the training of most custodians and why the New Jersery Education Association (NJEA) is pushing back for proper training and equipment for their ESP members.

Warding Off Privatization, Paraeducators Gain Strength and Influence Through Organizing
Read how paraeducators from Old Bridge, NJ take creative information from the NJEA summer leadership conference back to their home town to engage parents, students and their community in understanding school curriculum and supporting student needs.

VIDEO: ESP - It's More Than Just a Job, It's a Career
Listen to what New Jersey ESP member Stacy Yanko has to say about her ESP career.

HEA Blocks Firing of Custodians
Hainesport Education Association successfully engages parents and their community to win a six-month campaign to keep the Hainesport Board of Education from firing their six custodians and replacing them with a for-profit cleaning service.

Pinch Hit for an ESP 
Be an ESP for a day. Show community members how they can participate by shadowing ESP careers.

NJEA ESP of the Year Has Passion for Advocacy
A recent speech by the NJEA ESP of the Year, Anne Christiansen of the Hamilton Township Education Association in Atlantic County, is a good reminder to all of the power of one – who looks out for all. 

New Mexico 

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what New Mexico ESP member Joseph Almaguer has to say about his ESP career.

Visit the National Education Association New Mexico website.

New York

NYSUT School-Related Professional Member of the Year: Janis Bianco
At the recent annual NYSUT Representative Assembly, Janice Bianco, a school secretary and a third vice president of the Rondout Valley Federation of Teachers and School-related Processionals, received the School-Related Professional of the Year award.

Visit the New York State United Teachers website.

North Carolina

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what North Carolina ESP member Chris Bridges has to say about his ESP career. 

Visit the North Carolina Association of Educators website.

North Dakota

Professional Development Site
North Dakota has officially opened their new professional development site. Join edCommunities to access this article on how they are engaging ESP members through professional development opportunities.

Visit the North Dakota Education Association website.

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Visit the Ohio Education Association website.


Visit the Oklahoma Education Association Education Support Professionals website.


VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Doris Jarid and Tamera Davis have to say about their ESP careers.


PSEA, Upper Darby ESP and the Eagles Eye Mobile
PSEA and the Upper Darby Education Support Professionals hosted the Eagles Eye Mobile at the Upper Darby Community Day. Students were provided with free eye exams and glasses made on site at no cost.

Community Rallies Around ESPs, Defeats Privatization Plan
Read how Exeter Township Education Support Professionals Association came up with an anti-privatization plan, centered on gaining community support, to fight back against transportation privatization plans of Board members of the Exeter Township School District in Reading, Pennsylvania.

West Chester ESPs Feed Needy Families
Read how West Chester ESPs have literally put food on the table this holiday season.

PSEA's 'Vision For Great Public Education' Has Strong Inclusion of ESP
Read how the Pennsylvania State Education Association's vision provides a detailed look at their goals for public education and acknowledges the hard work of all school employees -- including education support professionals -- to increase student achievement and better public education.

Visit the PSEA ESP News website for more stories.

Rhode Island

VIDEO: National Spotlight Shines on Education Support Professionals
Nearly 20 members of the North Kingstown (Rhode Island) Education Support Professional (NKESP) Association rolled up their sleeves November 3 and sat down for an informal chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The visit to Hamilton Elementary School was part of Duncan's listening tour. (November 2009)

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South Carolina

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Roselyn Green has to say about her ESP career.

Visit The South Carolina Education Association website.

South Dakota

Visit the South Dakota Education Association website.


Visit the Tennessee Education Association website.


More Money for Locally Grown Foods in School Lunch Program  
Texas received permission from the federal government to spend more money to put locally grown foods in school lunch programs. The state will be able to spend $12 million of USDA Foods entitlement money to buy locally grown fresh produce.

Texas ESPs Get Respect
Read how Texas support professionals say goodbye to favortism and hello to professionalism.

Lead Custodian Talks About Involvement
César Franco, Lead Custodian in the Canutillo Independent School District, Canutillo, TX, talks about the importance of being involved in the policital process. (Spanish Interview)

VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Richard MartinLinda EstradaErnesto Lopez, and Cesar Franco have to say about their ESP careers.

Visit the Texas State Teachers Association website.

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Bullying Prevention Beyond the Classroom
Bullying prevention is everyone's responsibility. Read how a union-sponsored training for education support staff in Toole, Utah has empowered these educators to intervene and advocate for bullied students.

VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what USEA President Jerad Reay has to say about his ESP career.

My View: A Look at the "Whole Child" Approach
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Utah School Employees Association (USEA) President Jerad Reay discuss why student success requires every resource available in a school community.

Paraeducators' Impact on Student Learning Keeps Growing 
Read how ESP paraeducator Paulette Lyons directly impacts student success in her Functional Skills class at Century Elementary School in Bear River City, Utah.

Visit the Utah School Employees Association website.


Unionizing for Fairness
Job security, workplace conditions, fairness and respect are basic issues being discussed among the University of Vermont and Mount Hood Community Oregon, where classified staff employees have recently joined the NEA.


Visit the Virginia Education Association website.


VIDEOS: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Antoinette Felder, Peggy Strum-Vanderpol, and Pat Waldrop have to say about their ESP careers.

VIDEO: Locals Reach Out to Members to Build Their Power
Relational organizing is about creating a connection around shared values. See a series of vignettes about how locals in Washington and Alaska are reaching out to members to build their power.

VIDEO: Organizing for Power
Locals talk about their journey to change their local through organizing.  

VIDEO: ESPs in Washington Fight for Higher Wages
Yakima Schools highest paid administrators can go home content with their families while trying to stick the district's ESP employees with poverty level wages that at times won't even pay the heat bill. (Video produced by the Yakima, Washington, Paraeducator Association.)

VIDEO: Food Fight: ESPS in Washington Battle Privateers
Ridgefield is making a bizarre choice to outsource its food service, potentially sacrificing employees' jobs & pensions -- and perhaps food quality.

West Virginia

Visit the West Virginia Education Association website.


NEW VIDEO: It's More Than a Job, It's a Career!
Listen to what Brenda Close has to say about her ESP career.

ESP Advocates for Students as a Milwaukee County Supervisor

In 2011 Sequanna Taylor learned the new Act 10 law stripped most public unions of collective bargaining rights and changed the relationship between educators, the union and school district for worse.

Read what she has done since then to make a difference in her county.


The Red Bus Tour
The Red Bus Tour, organized by Wisconsin Edcuation Association Council, follows on the heels of a report from theWisconsin Department of Public Instruction that found three out of four state school districts cut teacher and education support professionals this school year.


VIDEO: Meet Wyoming Para Professional Vicki Cramer 
Meet Vicke Cramer and find out why she was chosen as that state's Education Support Professional of the year.

VIDEO: Cheyenne Bus Drivers Build Wheelchair Ramp for Student
These ESP members care about their students even when they're not driving the bus. Drivers recently spent their free weekend building a wheel-chair ramp at the home of a special needs student.

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