DSEA, 136 E. Water St.
Dover, DE 19901
DSEA, 4135 Ogletown-Stanton Rd.
Suite 101 Newark, DE 19713
302-366-8440 (not a toll-free number)
Website Concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attracting and retaining qualified school staff requires salaries that allow them to support themselves and their families. ESPs have often been ignored in this regard, paid salaries below the poverty level yet expected to provide essential services, often to our neediest students.
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.