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IEA: Governor Rauner fails to address teacher shortage, fails to act on minimum teacher...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today released the following statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on Governor Bruce Rauner signing HB 5771,...
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IEA urges support of SB 3622, looks to reinstate 6 percent, end-of-career retirement benefit...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today encourages the Illinois General Assembly to consider SB 3622, a bill introduced by State Sen Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) that will revert the end-of-career retirement benefit for educators in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and State Universities System (SURS) from three percent back to six percent. 
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Schiller Park teacher named NEA Foundation award recipient

SCHILLER PARK – The NEA Foundation announced that Louise Stompor, a fourth/fifth grade reading specialist and National Board Certified Teacher at Washington School in Schiller Park, Illinois, is one of 46 public school educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C.
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Hundreds of District U-46 Educational Assistants plan to attend board meeting, ask board to...

Elgin – District U-46 Educational Assistants (DUEA), an Illinois Education Association local comprised of 600 para-educators, tonight is asking the school board to approve additional funds requested by the district for all DUEA members. Hundreds of DUEA members plan to attend the U-46 board meeting and to hold an informational picket beforehand.
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IEA: Janus decision could have dramatic impact on public education

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case that was bankrolled by corporate interest groups that wanted to rig the economic system further in their favor and make it even harder for working people to stand united.
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River Forest educator selected as 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

RIVER FOREST – The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, today named Lindsay Johnson, a teacher at Roosevelt School in River Forest, as a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a fellow, Johnson will spend a year in a peer learning network, building global competency skills.

Shawnee College Education Association calls for comprehensive review of Shawnee Community College President

ULLIN – The Shawnee College Education Association (SCEA) is calling for a swift, transparent and comprehensive review of Shawnee Community College (SCC) President Dr. Peggy Bradford. The SCEA will hold a rally to preserve SCC’s future and call for the Board of Trustees to take action.

IEA applauds General Assembly for passing state budget and increasing education funding, cautions against...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association supports the additional funding provided in the newly passed state budget for both higher education and K-12 education, however the organization has serious concerns about the changes made to TRS and SURS.

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin encouraging Governor Rauner to pass new minimum teacher...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin today released the following statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of SB 2892. This bill will raise the minimum salary for teachers in Illinois to $40,000 a year and will be phased in over a four-year period.

IEA donates 18 computers to I CAN READ! program

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Education Association donated 18 computers to I CAN READ! of Southern Illinois. The computers will be instrumental in helping the kindergarten through fifth grade students in the program access books online and also with writing and research.