Education Support Professionals, Illinois Education Association

ESP RISE Award Passed House

Great news! With a vote of 387-19, the House overwhelmingly passed HR276, a bill to honor education support professionals (ESP), who play an essential role in keeping students safe, challenged, engaged, supported, and healthy in our public schools and communities.

HR276 would create the RISE Award, an annual recognition through the Dep. of Ed that would put a national spotlight on the commitment and professionalism of ESP careers.

A huge thank you to @repdinatitus & @RepSusieLee for championing this bill. We’ve worked with fellow labor organizations and unions on this legislation for many years. While this is a victory, we’ll continue to see this journey through until this bill becomes law. #WeLoveOurESP


2019 IEA ESP Of The Year

Congratulations to Julie Spaargaren on being chosen as the 2019 IEA ESP Of The Year!!! We are very proud to have you represent Illinois ESP’s.

IEA Education Support Professionals
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School code: Education Support Personnel HB 921 Would allow an ESP who has been RIF’d and then hired back within one year of the RIF notice, to retain all seniority rights and benefits that would have been afforded them if they had never been laid off. The IEA supports this Illinois Federation of Teachers initiative. The bill passed out of the Education Committee and now resides on the House floor.


IEA ESP Elgin Council Assembly

Having a good time while getting things done!! Meeting amazing ESPs from area locals. Hearing what great and not so great things are happening for ESPs.  #StrongerUnited   #IEAESPs

IEA ESP Council Elgin Assembly

What a great day spending it with Elgin area ESP’s! Thank you to our visitors who joined our meeting and giving us great insight into what is happening in their locals.

Concerns Discussed:

  • Bargaining/Negotiations
  • Fair Pay-some ESP’s are barely making over minimum wage
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Need for Full Time Nurses in Every Building
  • Concern regarding edays
  • Member apathy

Positives Discussed:

  • Some locals saw very few member losses due to Fare Share
  • Some growth in local memberships after Fare Share
  • Ideas shared to grow member awareness-tee shirts, newsletter, quick monthly 10 min meeting (snacks), council member to speak at local meeting, host summer event