Education support professionasl (ESPs) keep school buildings and equipment functioning and students safe and healthy. As committed andcaring members of a school community, they impact the lives of students every day.

When Loriann Darrell went to work for Vermonts Springfield School District she didnt give a thought to her pension until she met a fellow ESP who retired with no benefits at all after working 20 hours a week for about 20 years.

The ESP list is an automated e-mail list (a "listserv") open to all NEA members and to staff of NEA and its affiliates. List members use the ESP list to discuss issues that concern education support professionals within the NEA, including contracting out, bargaining problems, training needs, and questions about how to improve and strengthen the Association. 


For many ESPs facing low pay and limited benefits, focusing on immediate improvements is a priority when it comes time to bargain.  But ESPs have to think about retirement, too.  In the first of two columns about ESP retirement, Dave Arnold explains how his local Association helped its members by targeting retirement benefits when the school district wasnt willing to give any increases in current pay and benefits.  Read more in "Bargaining on the Golden Years." (December 5, 2005)



Many school districts are using the ParaPro Assessment test developed by ETS to determine whether paraprofessionals who have not completed two years of college meet the requirement to be "highly qualified" under the "No Child Left Behind" act.

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