Privatization, or “contracting out”, is part of a broad campaign that seeks to transfer the ESP parts of our school community, including the delivery of education services, into the hands of private, for-profit corporations. Learn more about why this is such a dangerous idea and what we can do to combat it.
The most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), officially called the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”, is far more specific than past versions of the law. The law’s provisions about testing, accountability, and teacher and paraprofessional quality will have a great impact on paraprofessionals.
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. In 2012, Delaware leaders committed to significantly improving ESP salaries. However, ESPs around the country continue to struggle in garnering similar recognition and treatment.
Budget pressure, aging buildings, school violence, privatization, safety and health concerns… There are a host of issues which influence our custodians and the work they do. Learn more about what our custodians face on the job and the resources available to help them do their job even better.
Transportation professionals are often the first school staff students see as they start their day. They are tasked not only with transporting them safely to school but also with monitoring student behavior during transport. The following articles are just a snapshot at the duties and working conditions of transportation professionals around the country.
Job descriptions for Education Support Personnel are often inaccurate, dictated without employee input, or just plain non-existent. A new approach, results-oriented job descriptions (ROJDs), can help ESPs earn recognition for the vital role they play, respect for their professionalism, job security and continued improvement of pay equity.
School buildings have unique features which make them especially prone to indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and “sick building syndrome”. ESPs are the principal people responsible for maintaining buildings to avoid these problems and for dealing with them when they do arrive. NEA’s Health Information Network has assembled an extensive set of resources for understanding and addressing problems.